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New HIV Strain discovered

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"A research group at the medical devices and health care giant Abbott has discovered a new strain of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV—the first to be identified in 19 years.

"Abbott continues to look for potential new HIV strains to ensure that diagnostic tests for blood screening and detecting infectious diseases remain up to date, says Mary Rodgers, senior author of the paper announcing the finding and head of the company’s Global Viral Surveillance Program.

"The new strain, called HIV-1 group M subtype L, is extremely rare and can be detected by Abbott’s current screening system, Rodgers says."

Full report at Scientific American: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/first-new-hiv-strain-in-19-years-identified/

 

"This discovery reminds us that to end the HIV pandemic, we must continue to out-think this continuously changing virus and use the latest advancements in technology and resources to monitor its evolution."

At the Belfast Telegraph: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/discovery-of-new-hiv-strain-keeps-health-community-ahead-of-the-virus-38667932.html

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