Chimps die from AIDS-like disease after viral infection

Chimpanzees infected with the ape version of HIV can die of an AIDS-like disease, a finding that challenges conventional beliefs that chimps are immune to the virus, according to a study released on Wednesday.

Simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), a pathogen circulating in African animal primates, is believed by many scientists to be a precursor of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS.

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