Carl Zimmer has a feature article in the New York Times expanding on last week's Nature publication demonstrating that there are non-retroviral RNA viral elements in mammalian genomes. The article delves into the timeline of related discoveries, such as finding retroviral elements in the human genome during the Human Genome Project.

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