Molecular Analyses of Oral Polio Vaccine Samples

@article{Poinar2001MolecularAO,
  title={Molecular Analyses of Oral Polio Vaccine Samples},
  author={Hendrik N. Poinar and Melanie Kuch and Svante P{\"a}{\"a}bo},
  journal={Science},
  year={2001},
  volume={292},
  pages={743 - 744}
}
It has been suggested that the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and thus the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) it causes, was inadvertently introduced to humans by the use of an oral polio vaccine (OPV) during a vaccination campaign launched by the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA, USA, in the Belgian Congo in 1958 and 1959. The “OPV/AIDS hypothesis” suggests that the OPV used in this campaign was produced in chimpanzee kidney epithelial cell cultures rather than in monkey kidney… Expand
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