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Prehistory of HIV-1

The origin of the current AIDS pandemic has been a subject of great interest and speculation. Viral archaeology sheds light on the geography and timescale of the early diversification of HIV-1 in humans.

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Figure 1: Origin of pandemic HIV-1.


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Sharp, P., Hahn, B. Prehistory of HIV-1. Nature 455, 605–606 (2008).

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