[Tweeters] why did the hepatitis B virus cross the road from infecting birds to infecting humans? it's the X factor!

Devorah the Ornithologist birdologist at gmail.com
Wed Jul 3 08:56:05 PDT 2013


hey everyone,

i'll bet you thought that fossils are either bones or impressions -- like
footprints or skin prints -- turned into stone. but there is another sort
of fossil and it is lurking inside your birds' DNA! these are fossils on
ancient viruses, most notably, hepatitis B virus, which is the number two
cause of cancer in humans. how did this virus get into bird DNA? read more
here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/grrlscientist/2013/jul/03/genomic-virus-fossils-evolution-hepatitis-b-viruses

cheers,

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