Infographic: Human Endogenous Retroviruses and Disease
Infographic: Human Endogenous Retroviruses and Disease
Human endogenous retroviruses that colonized vertebrate DNA millions of years ago have long been dismissed as junk DNA, but researchers now know that they may play important roles in cancer, neurodegeneration, and other ailments.
Infographic: Human Endogenous Retroviruses and Disease
Infographic: Human Endogenous Retroviruses and Disease

Human endogenous retroviruses that colonized vertebrate DNA millions of years ago have long been dismissed as junk DNA, but researchers now know that they may play important roles in cancer, neurodegeneration, and other ailments.

Human endogenous retroviruses that colonized vertebrate DNA millions of years ago have long been dismissed as junk DNA, but researchers now know that they may play important roles in cancer, neurodegeneration, and other ailments.

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Competition and Cooperation of Cheese Rind Microbes Exposed
Competition and Cooperation of Cheese Rind Microbes Exposed
Ashley Yeager | Jan 1, 2019
Transposon mutagenesis give scientists a rare look at the most important interactions within microbial communities.
Infographic: How Exposure to Cannabis in Utero Affects Development
Infographic: How Exposure to Cannabis in Utero Affects Development
Andrew Scheyer | Jan 1, 2019
Rodent and human studies have revealed a multitude of effects starting during gestation and lasting into adulthood.
Serotonin Neurons Implicated in SIDS
Serotonin Neurons Implicated in SIDS
Ashley Yeager | Jan 1, 2019
Inhibiting nerve cells that produce the neurotransmitter made it harder for baby mice to recover from bouts of slowed breathing.
Researchers Track Sharks and Whales Using DNA in Seawater Samples
Researchers Track Sharks and Whales Using DNA in Seawater Samples
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2019
In addition to detecting unseen organisms in the ocean, studies of environmental DNA can shed light on the genetic structure of marine populations.
Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders
Researchers Explore the Genetics of Eating Disorders
Amy Lewis | Jan 1, 2019
Large-scale genomic studies of anorexia and bulimia are turning up clues about the conditions’ development and persistence.
Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain
Prenatal Exposure to Cannabis Affects the Developing Brain
Andrew Scheyer | Jan 1, 2019
Children born to moms who smoked or ingested marijuana during pregnancy suffer higher rates of depression, hyperactivity, and inattention.
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Can Viruses in the Genome Cause Disease?
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 1, 2019
Clinical trials that target human endogenous retroviruses to treat multiple sclerosis, ALS, and other ailments are underway, but many questions remain about how these sequences may disrupt our biology.
American Health Care Worker Monitored for Ebola Symptoms
American Health Care Worker Monitored for Ebola Symptoms
Shawna Williams | Dec 31, 2018
The person, whose identity has not been revealed, may have been exposed to the virus in Democratic Republic of Congo and is now at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Bats in Sierra Leone Carry Marburg Virus
Bats in Sierra Leone Carry Marburg Virus
Kerry Grens | Dec 31, 2018
It’s the first time the deadly pathogen has been found in West Africa.