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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 06 2007,01:35   

I'm a week behind on my New Yorker subscription. Today I sat in a coffeeshop and read a fabulous article about viruses, retroviruses inserting themselves into the genome, and so forth. So I was surprised to go to ERV's blog and see that the New Yorker has put the article online. They usually don't do that.

Enjoy.

   
stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 14 2007,19:02   

bump. You really ought to read this article if you haven't. Fascinating.

   
Assassinator



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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 18 2007,13:54   

Fascinating indeed, reminds me a bit of endosymbiosis but then mixed with insertions. I'll read it more thoroughly when I've got the time, busy with school atm and I've also got World of Warcraft to attend to. Ooo what a busy life :p

  
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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 18 2007,14:53   

Phhh. That's not how Joe G tells it.
Pretty cool to have viruses as ancestors, though.

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 18 2007,14:56   

Quote (Richardthughes @ Dec. 18 2007,14:53)
Pretty cool to have viruses as ancestors, though.

If that's true, why do we still have viruses?

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 18 2007,15:06   

With the exception of the last couple of paragraphs--which exhibited great confusion about the nature of speciation (note:  Carl Zimmer pointed this out before me)--I thought the article was fantastic.

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