Retroviruses integrated into the genome can teach us about HIV

Chimp endogenous retrovirus 2, or CERV 2, is an ancient virus that first infected chimpanzees after the Old World primate line diverged from that of humans several millions of years ago. Humans are not infected by the virus, and scientists are interested in knowing why, hoping that understanding the evolution of retroviruses and host resistance in chimps will unlock treatments and potential vaccine targets for retroviruses that do infect humans, like HIV. Read more about what dormant CERV2 can teach humans about retroviruses.

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