I could use your opinion on this matter:
In the study above, we find this in the abstract:
“Retroviral infections of the germline have the potential to episodically alter gene function and genome structure during the course of evolution. Horizontal transmissions between species have been proposed, but little evidence exists for such events in the human/great ape lineage of evolution.”
"Based on analysis of finished BAC chimpanzee genome sequence, we characterize a retroviral element (Pan troglodytes endogenous retrovirus 1 [PTERV1]) that has become integrated in the germline of African great ape and Old World monkey species but is absent from humans and Asian ape genomes."
“We unambiguously map 287 retroviral integration sites and determine that approximately 95.8% of the insertions occur at non-orthologous regions between closely related species.”
Did this writer just say what I think he said? While we here, on this thread, are discussing the more than 100,000 ERV fingerprints shared by both Chimps and Humans - - is this writer saying he found a bunch of ERVs that are not shared?
Isn’t that like saying: “Humans can speak English, but Chimpanzees cannot; so they must not share a common ancestry!”