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Hi, Cort,

Excellent work.

I could not find any mention of DERSE in a Google search. But, from my experiences in the field, I believe that DERSE stands for Detection of Exogenous Retroviral Sequence Elements. Each retrovirus has some sites that have a sequence shared with other retroviruses; they also have sites that are unique. I believe from the context that DERSE is a method of detecting these unique sequences. Hopefully it can do this consistently, without losing sequences from some variants of the viral genome, as PCR can do if there is a mutation in the primer region.

Thanks Jerry, that cleared up alot ;)