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“Fossil viruses” embedded in the human genome are linked to mental disorders

Old virus DNA Genes embedded in the human genome can increase susceptibility to neuropsychiatric disorders, such as depressionbipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

A study published in May in the journal Nature communication zoomed in on human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) – DNA snippets that make up about 8% of the modern human genome.