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A provirus put to work

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Figure 1: Possible functions of the endogenous retrovirus HERV-W in human placental development, prompted by the paper of Mi et al.2.


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Stoye, J., Coffin, J. A provirus put to work. Nature 403, 715–717 (2000).

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