Dr. Andy

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Friday, April 14, 2006

Cool HIV fact

that I learned from the item immediately preceeding this one.

How fast does HIV mutate?
The global sequence diversity of influenza, another variable RNA virus, during a pandemic is lower than the diversity of viruses observed within a single HIV-infected individual
So there is more variability between the HIV viruses in a single infected person than among all the different influenza viruses circulating all over the world. That's fast.

Quote from this review of HIV; original article here.


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