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a herv-k provirus in chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas, but not humans.evidence from dna sequencing studies strongly indicated that humans and chimpanzees are more closely related to each other than either is to gorillas [1-4]. however, precise details of the nature of the evolutionary separation of the lineage leading to humans from those leading to the african great apes have remained uncertain. the unique insertion sites of endogenous retroviruses, like those of other transposable genetic elements, should be useful for resolving phylogenetic relationships among ...200111378389
many human endogenous retrovirus k (herv-k) proviruses are unique to humans.endogenous retroviruses contribute to the evolution of the host genome and can be associated with disease. human endogenous retrovirus k (herv-k) is related to the mouse mammary tumor virus and is present in the genomes of humans, apes and cercopithecoids (old world monkeys). it is unknown how long ago in primate evolution the full-length herv-k proviruses that are in the human genome today were formed.199910469592
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