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NEW YORK – Researchers have used a new approach to uncover additional endogenous viruses hidden within the human genome.

Endogenous viruses are thought to be the remnants of ancient viruses that caused infections and hitched a ride within host genomes. Teasing out these genetic leftovers has typically relied on identifying sequences within a host genome that resemble known viruses, but researchers from Kyoto University and their colleagues developed a machine learning approach to detect other ancient viruses left behind in the human genome.

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