An ancient virus could be responsible for human consciousness, giving you the ability to think for yourself.
Two papers published in the Cell journal discuss the origins of the Arc gene, which packages up genetic information and sends it around nerve cells in little virus-style capsules.
These packages of information are believed to be critical to how our nerves communicate and could be responsible for our thoughts.
Elissa D. Pastuzyn, who authored one of the studies, said: “Evolutionary analysis indicates that Arc is derived from a vertebrate lineage of Ty3/gypsy retrotransposons, which are also ancestors to retroviruses.”
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