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BACKGROUND Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) is a syndrome that is characterized by rapidly spreading watery diarrhea affecting pigs of all ages, but with major effects on suckling piglets. The disease, as well as the causative Alphacoronavirus, the Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), was first described in Europe in the 1970s and since then has spread(More)
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a worldwide-occurring lentivirus that severely impairs the immune function of infected domestic cats. Due to structural and biological similarities, FIV represents a promising model for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and AIDS. A major obstacle in developing vaccines against lentiviruses is their high mutation rate.(More)
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