Endogenous retroviruses in the human genome sequence

Genome Biol. 2001;2(6):REVIEWS1017. doi: 10.1186/gb-2001-2-6-reviews1017. Epub 2001 Jun 5.


The human genome contains many endogenous retroviral sequences, and these have been suggested to play important roles in a number of physiological and pathological processes. Can the draft human genome sequences help us to define the role of these elements more closely?

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Autoimmune Diseases / etiology
  • Cell Fusion
  • Endogenous Retroviruses / physiology*
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Genome, Human*
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / etiology
  • Trophoblasts / physiology