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[READ] Genetic variant may account for lower HIV loads in some Africans

The study analysed the genetics of approximately 4 000 individuals of African ancestry, living with HIV.

A genetic variant that may explain the naturally lower viral loads of HIV seen in some people of African ancestry has been discovered.

This is the first new genetic variant associated with HIV infection identified in almost 30 years and highlights the importance of conducting genetic research in diverse populations, including those of African ancestry.

This discovery was made by a global team of scientists and researchers including academics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Omnigen Biodata Ltd.

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