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ERV FAQ: How many ERVs are shared, in common locations, in the genomes of humans and chimps?

From table 11 of Initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome, ERVs found in humans (HERVs) include
112,000 ERV-class Is + 8,000 ERV(K)-class IIs + 83,000 ERV(L)-class IIIs = 203,000 ERVs.

From table 2 of Initial sequence of the chimpanzee genome and comparison with the human genome,
279 of the 203,000 ERVs are specific to chimps, and 82 are specific to humans.

The vast majority of the 203,000 ERVs are common to chimps and humans, and appear in corresponding locations in our genomes. See Amount of shared ERVs.

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  1. The table shows lineage specific insertions, not shared.