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A lab in the US identified a new subtype of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and said the results showed that genome sequencing helps researchers stay one step ahead of mutations.
The strain, HIV-1 group M subtype L, was recorded in three people from blood samples collected between 1980 and 2001 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Abbott Labs AFP said on Thursday.
To classify a new subtype, three cases have to be discovered independently from the guidelines issued in 2000.
Group M is the most common form of the HIV-1 virus. Subtype L is now the tenth of this group and the first identified since the guidelines were issued.
Antiretroviral drugs that lower the viral load of an HIV carrier to the point where the infection is no longer detectable and. English: bio-pro.de/en/region/freiburg/magaz…3/index.html. html They are no longer transferable, but have generally worked well according to research against various subtypes.
However, there are also indications of subtype differences in drug resistance.
The main HIV group, Group M, would expect the current treatments to work with him, "said Mary Rodgers, a senior scientist, to AFP.
He added that Abbot's evaluation community's sequence was for evaluation provides its impact on diagnostic tests, treatments, and potential vaccines.
"In an increasingly interconnected world, we can no longer think of viruses in one place," added Carole McArthur, professor of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences at the University of California University of Missouri, Kansas City, which co-authored an article on the discovery in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (JAIDS).
The third sample was recently collected 1
Abbot said breakthroughs are possible with next-generation sequencing technology that allowed scientists to build a complete genome faster and faster. Lower costs.
"This discovery reminds us that in order to stop the HIV pandemic, we need to stay one step ahead of this virus and use the latest technological and resource-based advances to understand its full scope," Rodgers said.
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