Prions and HIV

Nicolas Le Novere lenov at pasteur.fr
Tue Apr 9 02:20:06 EST 1996


In article <4kc8mc$8va at alpha1.chapman.edu>, hrolson at nexus.chapman.edu (Howard R. Olson) writes:
|>              Has anyone heard about the common sequence of HIV and the
|> Hamster Scrapie Prion's reverse transcriptase. 

The prion is a protein and not a virus!!! What is the Prion's reverse 
transcriptase????

|>I believe there was an
|> article about it in NATURE in a September 1986 issue. Since the hamster
|> is largely a lab animal, virtually extinct in nature, it raises questions
|> about the origin of HIV.....

What about the SIV? Are the wild monkey infected by lab Hamster???

Nicolas


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