For the first time since 2000, researchers have identified a new subtype of HIV. The findings have been reported in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes by a team of scientists at Abbott Laboratories and the University of Missouri.
“We’re always looking for viruses,” said Mary Rodgers, who heads the Global Viral Surveillance Program at Lake County-based Abbott. The scientists working there hunt for new strains of viruses that infect people and assess how known strains are trending. “I think a lot of people might not realize that there is more than one strain of HIV, and at Abbott, we’re making tests to catch all these different strains, so it’s important that we know all the different types out there.”
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