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what is the origin of human t-lymphotrophic virus? did it originate from primates (simian viruses?)?

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Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Probably: The human t-lymphotropic virus type i is a human RNA retrovirus that is known to cause adult t-cell leukemia and lymphoma, and a demyelinating disease called htlv-i associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis. Htlv-i is one of a group of closely related primate t lymphotropic viruses. The ones that infect old-world primates are called simian t-lymphotropic viruses.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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