The origins of acquired immune deficiency syndrome viruses: where and when?

  title={The origins of acquired immune deficiency syndrome viruses: where and when?},
  author={Paul M Sharp and Elizabeth Bailes and Roy R. Chaudhuri and Cynthia M. Rodenburg and Mario Santiago and Beatrice H. Hahn},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  volume={356 1410},
In the absence of direct epidemiological evidence, molecular evolutionary studies of primate lentiviruses provide the most definitive information about the origins of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 and HIV-2. Related lentiviruses have been found infecting numerous species of primates in sub-Saharan Africa. The only species naturally infected with viruses closely related to HIV-2 is the sooty mangabey (Cercocebus atys) from western Africa, the region where HIV-2 is known to be endemic… CONTINUE READING
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