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Tests to combat lentiviruses in domestic animals. Biotechnology Research Group

Lancaster, M.U., Robinson, W.F. and Carnegie, P.R. (1992) Tests to combat lentiviruses in domestic animals. Biotechnology Research Group. Australasian Biotechnology, 2 (6). pp. 345-9.


Since the discovery of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) as the cause of AIDS the study of other members of the virus group lentivirinal has intensified. A major outcome of this research have been the development of "state of the art" diagnostic tests. While it has long been realised that these viruses were important causes of slowly developing diseases in sheep and horses other lentiviruses have recently been implicated in similar disease situations in goats, cats and cattle. Membership of the lentivirus group of viruses has increased dramatically over the past fifteen years and it is likely that most if not all mammalian species will be found to be infected with their own lentivirus. This paper will describe the problems caused by these viruses in domestic animals and the steps being taken to prevent their spread. Biotechnology companies have a major role in devising simple and economical tests to detect the viruses and antibodies to these viruses. In addition if a vaccine can be produced against any of the animal viruses this will perhaps enable a similar vaccine to be prepared against HIV.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary Studies
Publisher: Australian Biotechnology Association
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