Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Endogenous retroviruses

Although we encourage you to read primary literature I think it is also important to read about science in the more popular literature to see how it is presented to a very different audience. Good science writing is often hard to come by but there was great article in the New Yorker a few years back on endogenous retroviruses. It describes their discovery and their potential influence on human evolution as well as links to AIDS and the recreation of the so called Phoenix virus in Thierry Heidmann's lab. I've been very impressed with science articles I have read in the New Yorker, I wonder if they could ever be persuaded to put out a Science textbook?

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