Monday, December 8, 2014

BacterioFiles 194 - Squirrel Sequence Stops Similar Sickness

Thirteen-lined ground squirrel
This episode: Remnants of viral infection left behind in squirrels' genome may protect them from incoming viruses!

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Show notes:
Journal Paper

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