Virus Hunt: The search for the origin of HIV/AIDs

Paperback | September 27, 2015

byDorothy H. Crawford

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The hunt for the origin of the AIDS virus began over twenty years ago. It was a journey that went around the world and involved painstaking research to unravel how, when, and where the virus first infected humans. Dorothy H. Crawford traces the story back to the remote rain forests of Africa - home to the primates that carry the ancestral virus - and reveals how HIV-1 first jumped from chimpanzees to humans in rural south east Cameroon. Examining how this happened, and how it then travelled back to Colonialwest central Africa where it eventually exploded as a pandemic, she asks why and how it was able to spread so widely. From hospital intensive care wards to research laboratories and the African rain forests, this is the wide-ranging story of a killer virus and a tale of scientific endeavour.

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The hunt for the origin of the AIDS virus began over twenty years ago. It was a journey that went around the world and involved painstaking research to unravel how, when, and where the virus first infected humans. Dorothy H. Crawford traces the story back to the remote rain forests of Africa - home to the primates that carry the ancest...

Dorothy H. Crawford is Emeritus Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University Of Edinburgh, where she has been Assistant Principal for Public Understanding of Medicine since 2007. She was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2001, and awarded an OBE for services to medici...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.65 inPublished:September 27, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198743874

ISBN - 13:9780198743873

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PrefaceIntroduction: a new disease1. The puzzle of HIV-12. Tracing HIV to its roots3. The primate connection4. From rain forest to research laboratory5. Timing SIV cpz's jump to humans6. A vital first step for HIV-1 group M7. Beginning the epic journey8. HIV-1 group M meets the challenge9. Past, present, and future pandemicsReferencesFurther readingGlossary