Study finds gorilla origins in half of human AIDS virus lineages

March 3, 2015 12:15 AM

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Study finds gorilla origins in half of human AIDS virus lineages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Revealing new details about the origins of AIDS, scientists said on Monday half the lineages of the main type of human immunodeficiency virus, HIV-1, originated in gorillas in Cameroon before infecting people, probably via bushmeat hunting.

HIV-1, which causes AIDS, is composed of four groups, each coming from a separate cross-species transmission of a simian version of the virus from apes to humans.

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