The evolution of the HIV virus is 12 million years

Virologists from the Cancer Research Center in Seattle named Hutchinson (USA) stated that for the first time viruses like HIV, appeared in primates about 12 million years ago.

"Having studied the history of the evolution of viruses and primates, we uncovered a previously unknown, but is very old and still ongoing genetic" conflict "between monkeys and viruses. More than 40 species of monkeys suffering from virus related to HIV. Because some of them could potentially be contagious to humans, we need to understand how they arose and developed "- leads the RIA Novosti Michael Emermana words, one of the study's authors.

Examined the genomes of more than 40 species of monkeys and related viruses, the researchers found differences in gene device protection against retroviruses A3G and overwhelming his work Vif fragment in the genome of the virus.

It turned out that the changes in the structure of these regions of the DNA chain and primate virus was almost parallel, suggesting a direct link between the evolution of retroviruses and animals.

According to the American virologists, such a long history of evolution of HIV-related viruses suggest a potential serious threat that these pathogens are to humanity.

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