The human virome—the collection of all the viruses within the human body—includes chronic and transient infections, endogenous retroviruses, and large bacteriophage populations that prey on human-associated bacteria. Recent studies have revealed that the human virome contains a high degree of variation. After sequencing and analyzing virome samples from healthy and diseased individuals on an Illumina HiSeq® System, researchers found that most viral contigs are novel sequences and viral communities vary greatly between individuals.
These findings provide insight into the variation between viromes, indicating that factors such as diverse viral predators, rapid viral evolution within the human body, and disease can affect the virome community. This webinar discusses the viral communities inhabiting the human body and how the virome affects human health.