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Virus DNA recovered from WWII skeletal remains

Evidence of parvovirus has been recovered from the skeletal remains of WWII casualties, making this the first time traces of virus have been found in old bones. A group of researchers from the University of Helsinki and the University of Edinburgh have been the first to find the genetic material of

Ancient microbe invaded human DNA

Humans carry in their genome the relics of an animal virus that infected their forerunners 40 million years ago. The invader is called bornavirus, a brain-infecting pathogen that was first identified in 1970s. Scientists led by Keizo Tomonaga of Japan's Osaka University compared the DNA of a range of mammals, including humans,