This wiki serves as a resource and an archive for a discussion on an internet forum where there are restrictions on the number of links, images and videos that may be posted.

The subject of the discussion is whether endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) are best explained by their being the remnants of retroviral integration in ancestral germ cells, or by the action of some unspecified designer, who consciously and purposefully placed them in the genomes of organisms.

I, Barry Desborough, the creator of the wiki, argue for the viral hypothesis, and 'Ferengi', another discussion board member, argues for the 'designer' hypothesis.

Post: Viral hypothesis - Overview.

Record of messages between Ferengi and Barry.

Post: Implications of the viral hypothesis.

Post: A critique of Dr. Yingguang Liu's article in Answers in Genesis, Were Retroviruses Created Good?

Post: A HERV-K provirus in chimpanzees, bonobos and gorillas, but not humans

Post: A Critique of 'Human Endogenous Retroviruses (HERVs) - Evolutionary “Junk” or God’s Tools?'

Page: The Phoenix Virus.