General Discussion Inherited Viruses Might Help Make Us Smarter

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Inherited Viruses Might Help Make Us Smarter

Did you know your DNA is about five percent virus?

It's true. Scientists have long known that endogenous (having an internal cause or origin) retroviruses, millions of years old, make up five percent of our DNA. They had assumed this was just junk data, an evolutionary oddity, because viruses, amiright?

But researchers have recently discovered it's not junk at all, and might actually play a central role in building up the networks of our brains. Lund University's Johan Jakobsson and his...
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