Abbott Laboratories Researchers Discover First New HIV Strain In Nearly 20 Years

CNN: Scientists discover first new HIV strain in nearly two decades
“For the first time in 19 years, a team of scientists has detected a new strain of HIV. The strain is a part of the Group M version of HIV-1, the same family of virus subtypes to blame for the global HIV pandemic, according to Abbott Laboratories, which conducted the research along with the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes…” (Christensen, 11/7).

Wall Street Journal: A New Strain of HIV Is Recorded Under Group That Caused Pandemic
“…The latest strain was found in just three people, but the findings by Abbott Laboratories — a maker of HIV tests — are expected to strike up a broader conversation about how to classify new viral strains that could surface. … Wednesday’s Abbott Labs findings have established a 10th group M strain. The three people who are known to carry it live in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the first HIV infection surfaced in a human in the mid-1900s…” (Rana, 11/6).

Additional coverage of the findings is available from Chicago Tribune, The Hill, and Scientific American.

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