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In a paper published online in advance in Science this week, Matthias Fischer and Curtis Suttle at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver report on a virophage that they say "represents an evolutionary link between double-stranded DNA viruses and Maverick/Polinton eukaryotic DNA transposons." They suggest that these transposons "may have originated from ancient realtives of Mavivirus," although they say they have not ruled out "alternative evolutionary scenarios."

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