Viruses and the placenta: the essential virus first view.
- Author(s): Villarreal, Luis P
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1111/apm.12485
A virus first perspective is presented as an alternative hypothesis to explain the role of various endogenized retroviruses in the origin of the mammalian placenta. It is argued that virus-host persistence is a key determinant of host survival and the various ERVs involved have directly affected virus-host persistence.