Possible origins and evolution of the hepatitis B virus (HBV).

  title={Possible origins and evolution of the hepatitis B virus (HBV).},
  author={Stephen A. Locarnini and Margaret Littlejohn and Muhammad Nazri Aziz and Lilly Yuen},
  journal={Seminars in cancer biology},
  volume={23 6 Pt B},
All members of the family Hepadnaviridae are primarily viruses which contain double-stranded DNA genomes that are replicated via reverse transcription of a pregenomic RNA template. There are two subgroups within this family: mammalian and avian. The avian member's include the duck hepatitis B virus (DHBV), heron hepatitis B virus, Ross goose hepatitis B virus, stork hepatitis B virus and the recently identified parrot hepatitis B virus. More recently, the detection of endogenous avian… CONTINUE READING
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