Special Issue "Endogenous Viruses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)
The genomes of living organisms are richly imbued with endogenous viral sequences, accumulated across the broad expanse of evolutionary time. While the most abundant and best studied of these are the endogenous retroviruses (ERV), we now appreciate that all manner of viruses have contributed sequences to host germline DNA. It is also clear that endogenous viral sequences can be found in organisms representing all the domains of life, from the smallest microbes to the largest plants and animals on earth. Endogenous viruses reflect the natural history of both virus and host, and are likely to have played significant roles in organismal evolution. In this Special Issue, we seek to explore all aspects of endogenous viruses, including the mechanisms and biological consequences of endogenization, the potential contributions of endogenous viruses to host evolution and ecology, and the use of endogenous loci for reconstructing the natural history of viruses and their hosts.
Prof. Dr. Welkin Johnson
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