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The evolution of novel fungal genes from non-retroviral RNA viruses

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, December 2009
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (94th percentile)

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The evolution of novel fungal genes from non-retroviral RNA viruses
Published in
BMC Biology, December 2009
DOI 10.1186/1741-7007-7-88
Pubmed ID

Derek J Taylor, Jeremy Bruenn


Endogenous derivatives of non-retroviral RNA viruses are thought to be absent or rare in eukaryotic genomes because integration of RNA viruses in host genomes is impossible without reverse transcription. However, such derivatives have been proposed for animals, plants and fungi, often based on surrogate bioinformatic evidence. At present, there is little known of the evolution and function of integrated non-retroviral RNA virus genes. Here, we provide direct evidence of integration by sequencing across host-virus gene boundaries and carry out phylogenetic analyses of fungal hosts and totivirids (dsRNA viruses of fungi and protozoans). Further, we examine functionality by tests of neutral evolution, comparison of residues that are necessary for viral capsid functioning and assays for transcripts, dsRNA and viral particles.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 3%
Brazil 3 3%
Costa Rica 1 1%
South Africa 1 1%
Italy 1 1%
France 1 1%
Mexico 1 1%
Spain 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 79 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 23 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 23 25%
Student > Bachelor 7 8%
Student > Master 7 8%
Professor 6 7%
Other 16 17%
Unknown 10 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 51 55%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 20 22%
Social Sciences 2 2%
Chemistry 2 2%
Immunology and Microbiology 1 1%
Other 6 7%
Unknown 10 11%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 21. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 July 2020.
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