You have probably heard that the AIDS virus, HIV-1, was first transmitted to humans from chimpanzees. Data shows that this precursor virus, SIV, is not serious in monkeys. The new study shows that SIV is, however, harmful to chimpanzees, which was a finding that went against a firmly-held assumption in the research community prior to the study. Could the research eventually help lead to a vaccination, or a cure?
Michael Wilson, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota. He was a collaborator on the study, which appears in the current issue of Nature.