Tracking HIV

Research out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham put a mathematical model of random viral evolution and phylogenetic tree construction to test to analyze how the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein affects viral transmission. The work was published in PNAS this week and hopes to aid in developing more effective HIV vaccines.

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