Ratty dreams, “I’m so glad I kicked little Joey out of his bed so I could sleep here.”
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article stating it is believed that many modern day diseases are a result from inherited old virus shards that have been laying dormant for hundreds of thousands of years. The viruses were most likely acquired from diseases from contact with rodents. Yes, you read it right. Those poor rats and their mice friends, always getting the blame.
From The WSJ
Animal species including mice have ancient retrovirus genes implicated in diseases. It wasn’t until 2003, when the human genome was published, that researchers realized humans have old virus genes, too. The emergence of huge databases containing gene sequences from animals and humans allowed researchers to start mining for possible connections between old viruses and present-day diseases.
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