Washington: Nearly eight percent of our genetic material comes from a virus and not from our ancestors, say US and Japanese researchers.
Cedric Feschotte, biology professor at the University of Texas-Arlington (UTA) said this intimate association of BDV with the cell nucleus, prompted researchers to investigate whether they may have left behind a record of past infection, says a UTA release. Feschotte wrote on a recent research led by Keizo Tomonaga, professor at Osaka University, Japan. Feschotte said this virally transmitted DNA may be a cause of mutation and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. The study and an accompanying article was published in `Nature`. IANS
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