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In a PLoS Genetics paper published this week, the University of Oxford's Aris Katzourakis and Robert Gifford identify 10 non-retroviral endogenous viral elements — including "the first endogenous representatives of double-stranded RNA" — in animal genomes. Using an in silico approach, Katzourakis and Gifford analyzed these endogenous viral elements across multiple host species.

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