Human Endogenous Retroviruses; Evolutionary Dynamics, Chromosomal Location and Host Benefit
Published Online: 15 JUL 2008
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Nelson, P., Freimanis, G. and Roden, D. 2008. Human Endogenous Retroviruses; Evolutionary Dynamics, Chromosomal Location and Host Benefit. eLS. .
- Published Online: 15 JUL 2008
Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are remnants of past retroviral infection that have been integrated within the human genome. Our glimpse of these viruses perhaps highlights their evolutionary dynamics over time. Survival of both virus and host are paramount and it is plausible that some benefit has arisen whereby the human host has gained some selective advantage. In particular, some retroviral elements may have regulatory or biological functions. Of course harbouring viruses could also lead to harm if activated by environmental agents.
- endogenous retrovirus;
- evolutionary dynamics;
- host benefit