Gregor Mendel Institute: Genetic adaptation to SIV protects Vervet monkeys from immunodeficiency

Wild vervet monkeys (genus Chlorocebus) are frequently infected by the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), a close relative of HIV. However, they do not progress to AIDS. A scientific study published today in the journal Nature Genetics suggests that vervets have long co-evolved with SIV and acquired genetic adaptations that protect them from immunodeficiency. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)