Scientists have discovered the first "resurrected" gene in human DNA - a gene that went inert during our evolution only to become active again in our current state. What does this mean for evolution?
Cemalettin Bekpen, a PostDoctorate Fellow at the University of Washington's Genome Sciences department, has discovered that humans possess IRGM, one of the IRG mouse immunity family of genes, despite the fact that it had previously been evolutionary extinguished long ago; apparently, a retrovirus called ERV9 revived it. According to Bekpen, this discovery opens the door to the possibility that all of the other dormant genes in our bodies may also one day reactivate:
Don't count them out until they're completely deleted.
Somewhere, Mohinder Suresh is laughing.
First 'resurrected' gene found in humans [New Scientist]