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Re: Bird phylogenies and genomic fossils clarify the evolution of hepatitis B viruses

On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 6:42 PM, Ruben Safir <ruben@mrbrklyn.com> wrote:
> On Wed, May 01, 2013 at 01:42:23AM +0200, David Černý wrote:
>> A new paper in Nature Communications that may be of interest:
>> Suh A, Brosius J, Schmitz J, Kriegs JO 2013 The genome of a Mesozoic
>> paleovirus reveals the evolution of hepatitis B viruses. Nature Comms
>> 4(4): 1791
> I don't see how they can look at part of a gnome and concreately decide
> that a section is a viral implant, let alone how long ago it evolved.

I am not a scientist, just an interested layperson, but if they have
"a 99% complete hepatitis B virus genome sequence", it seems like a
pretty straightforward case, unless I am missing something. You
wouldn't really get that by accident...