Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ancient Viruses: The Answers

Hello everyone. I apologise profusely for the fact that a month has passed since the last post. My excuse must be a heavy workload and the fact that we had a changeover of classes at the beginning of February.

However, here at long last are the official answers to our recent Six Minute English Quiz on Ancient Viruses:

Question 1 (Official): How many genes do human beings have?

The correct answer is a) between 10,000 and 25,000.

2. Research was conducted on thirty-eight different mammals, including humans, mice, elephants and dolphins.

3. Viruses which we carry now infected our common ancestors at least one hundred million years ago.

4. Some viruses are good, and one example has helped to develop the female placenta.

5. By studying ancient viruses, scientists can learn more about cancers and infections.

Many thanks to Valentina, Sara, Chiara, Alessandra, Alessandro, Cristian and Ilaria for particpating. This was very encouraging. And I hope many more people will take part in our next quiz.

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More later this week!

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