Wednesday, October 29, 2014

29/10/2014: Algae found in human DNA

Researchers, whose paper appeared in 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Science', have found DNA resembling that of an algae-native chlorovirus while taking throat swabs from healthy human subjects during a study on cognitive functioning, reports Phys Org.

The discovery represents the first documented case of chlorovirus gene sequences in the human throat cavity, the researchers reported.

"Chloroviruses are worldwide," said senior author James Van Etten, William Allington Distinguished Professor of Plant Pathology and a co-director of the Nebraska Center for Virology, who helped discover their existence in green algae more than 30 years ago. "They're very common among inland bodies of fresh water such as lakes and ponds.

"But I don't know of many examples of viruses jumping from one kingdom to another. If this turns out to be true, this is quite rare and a total surprise."

Read more HERE.

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