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Chimpanzees and Biomedical Research

July 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I have now been asked a perfectly reasonable question that arises from our recent paper on chimpanzee “AIDS” several times (see previous entry). The question is, should we reinvigorate biomedical testing of SIV infection in chimpanzees as a model for HIV?  The simple answer is no. There are several compelling reasons for this. First, there are the […]

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Tags: Infectious Disease · Primates

Nice, Thoughtful Piece on Chimpanzee Research at Gombe

July 29th, 2009 · No Comments

Following our recent Nature paper, there has been a flurry of press, some of which I reference in a previous post.  There is a very nice article that gives the back-story of SIV research at Gombe at MinnPost.com. Put this together with Carl Zimmer’s post and you get a good sense for how research unfolds […]

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Tags: Infectious Disease · Primates

New Publication: Chimpanzee "AIDS"

July 22nd, 2009 · 6 Comments

A long-anticipated paper (by me anyway!) has finally been published in this week’s issue of Nature.  In this paper, we show that wild chimpanzees living in the Gombe National Park in western Tanzania on the shores of Lake Tanganyika appear to die from AIDS-like illness when infected with the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV).  Many African […]

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Tags: Conservation · Infectious Disease · Primates

Always a Bridesmaid, Never a Bride

February 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Well, it’s happened again.  My work has been written up in Science but I am not mentioned.  I’m actually not that concerned this time — we’re going to submit the paper for publication soon. I’ve been telling myself (and other people) that this thing we’ve ben working on (all the while being very cryptic about what […]

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Tags: Conservation · Demography · Evolution · Infectious Disease · Primates