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New HIV strain discovered.

New HIV strain discovered. French scientists report that a woman in the West African nation of Cameroon carries a new strain of the AIDS virus. The 62-year-old woman, diagnosed with HIV in 2004, has not developed symptoms of AIDS even though she is not being treated with medication. The new strain differs from the three known strains of HIV related to the simian virus that occurs in chimpanzees; the new strain appears to be closely related to a form recently discovered in wild gorillas, researchers report in Nature Medicine.

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Title Annotation:Infectious diseases
Publication:Medical Laboratory Observer
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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