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Endogenous viruses are occasionally co-opted by their hosts to combat other viruses. The discovery of the widespread recruitment of endogenous viruses as regulatory elements for immune genes points to a systematic evolutionary process in their co-option for host immunity.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Current biology : CB

Publication Date

05/2016

Volume

26

Pages

R427 - R429

Addresses

Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS, UK. Electronic address: aris.katzourakis@zoo.ox.ac.uk.