Gene capture by endogenous retroviruses in crocodilians


This project focuses on the evolution and diversity of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) in crocodiles


Dr Jaime Gongora

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Sydney School of Veterinary Science

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This project investigates the gene capture by ERVs in crocodilian species. This follows up on previous studies in which we have revealed the capture of two host mRNA by ERVs: KIT-ligand and nectin3 genes. This project aims to understand the extent of this gene capture among the genomes of 20 crocodilian species. There is also the scope to investigate the significance of gene capture by ERVs for biomedical research. This project will involve bioinformatic analyses, DNA and RNA data. 

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Crocodiles Endogenous Retrovirus Evolution Diversity

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2111

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