Studies of how the virus evolved and how it might change down the road could help researchers develop vaccines or cures for the infection
Nov. 20, 2017
| By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service
At approximately 100 years old, HIV is a relatively recent arrival on the human virus scene. But its roots stretch back much farther. Understanding where the virus has come from can help us understand where it’s going — and how to stop it — say evolutionary biologists.
How the virus leapt from monkeys to chimps to humans, and why it doesn’t happen more often
Sept. 25, 2015
| By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service
A new study on the evolutionary biology of HIV, simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) and chimp genes by Fred Hutch virologist Dr. Michael Emerman sheds light on how a critical immune blockade may have been breached, just once, to allow the HIV precursor to leap from monkeys to chimps.
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