HIV Originated in 1920s Kinshasa During 'Perfect Storm' for Pandemic

October 2, 2014 6:01 PM

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The HIV pandemic originated in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, scientists have said, solving a long held mystery about the virus.

An international team of researchers say they are "almost certain" the virus began its global spread from the DRC after reconstructing the genetic history of the HIV-1 group M pandemic.

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