Abbott News Release
Abbott AnnouncesDiscovery of New Strain of HIV, Keeping Global Health Community a Step Ahead of the Virus
- Discoverymarks the first time a new subtype of HIV-1 has been identified since 2000
- Abbott is making this new strain accessible to the research communityto evaluate its impact to diagnostic testing, treatments and potential vaccines
Nov. 08 2019 — Abbott announced today that a team of its scientistsidentified a new subtype of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), called HIV-1 Group M, subtype L.1The findings, published today in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS),show the role next-generation genomesequencing is playing in helping researchers stay one step ahead of mutating viruses and avoiding new pandemics.
“In an increasingly connected world, we can no longer think of viruses being contained to one location,” said Carole McArthur, Ph.D., M.D., professor in the departments of oral and craniofacial sciences, University of Missouri — Kansas City, and one of the study authors. “This discovery reminds us that to end the HIV pandemic, we must continue to outthink this continuously changing virus and use the latest advancements in technology and resources to monitor its evolution.”
This researchmarks the first time a new subtype of “Group M” HIV virus has been identified since guidelines for classifying new strains of HIV were established in 2000. Group M viruses are responsible for the global pandemic, which can be traced back to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Sub-Saharan Africa.3,4