AIDS-Like Human-Created
Disease In Chimps In 1976
By Bob Lee <>
Hi, Jeff...
As you know, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) was not recognized as the virus causing AIDS until 1983. HIV was first called "Human T-cell Leukemia Type III" or HTLV-III. About 1985-1986, the name was changed to HIV.
The immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was officially recognized in 1981. Cases involving "gay bowel" syndrome had first appeared about 1977 or so in the United States and it is now known that this was the appearance of HIV in the United States.
Today, 2000, we are told that the closest relative virus to HIV is Simian Immunodeficiency Virus in chimpanzees (SIVcpz), isolated from a chimpanzee named "Marilyn" in 1985 and recently found to be 78% genetically similar to the HIV virus. We are told that HIV/AIDS erupted in central Africa as a result of people butchering and eating monkeys and so a SIV may have accidentally entered humans through blood contact. We are told that the African monkey SIV diseases have been around for several thousands of years. We are told by the medical community that the first case of human HIV/AIDS likely occurred between 1675 to 1930 when it was probably transferred to humans by accident.
HIV shares 24% pol gene protein similarity to bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and 33% pol gene protein similarity with bovine visna-like virus (BIV) according to comparisons done using the Los Alamos NIH nucleotide library.
In 1974 an experiment occurred in which two infant chimpanzees were fed milk from cows that were infected with bovine leukemia virus [1]. These chimpanzees developed a T-cell-depleteing leukemia, called "erythroleukemia", and, two years later, in 1976, they died of a immunodeficiency disorder with symptoms of wasting/anorexia, Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, and bacterial invasion as a result of loss of T-cells that normally fight infection. The researchers highlighted that this was the FIRST time they had ever seen P carinii associated with death in primates. [2]
The immunodeficiency disease of these chimps was strikingly like that seen now in persons with AIDS, i.e., wasting/anorexia, loss of T-cells, and P carinii pneumonia. As bovine leukemia virus (BLV) shares 24% protein similiarity with HIV and as these chimps were deliberately infected with BLV in 1974 and died in 1976 with an AIDS-like disease it is clear that the virus in these chimps who died in 1976 needs to be examined and compared to HIV. Too, this information is precedential in that we now have a documented case of intentional human-created viral immunodeficiency disease in primates occuring nearly a decade before the recognition of HIV as the cause of AIDS. We have often been told that this was impossible.
If this virus is compared to HIV and found substantially genetically closer to HIV than SIVcpz (the closest known primate relative of HIV) we may conclude that we are on the trail of the origin of HIV in the study of primates infected with bovine leukemia or bovine visna-like viruses in the laboratory during the era 1965-1975. If this virus is found to be more genetically distant from HIV than SIVcpz, we may conclude that this infection of chimps with bovine leukemia virus may not have given rise to HIV but may be a close relative, e.g., Simian T-cell Leukemia Virus (STLV). As of August, 2000, no researcher has genetically sequenced the virus from the frozen sera of these two BLV-infected chimps who died from a T-cell-depleting, P carinii-causing, wasting/anorexia-causing immunodeficiency disorder in 1976. No researcher has compared this virus to HIV. Why is that?
Finally, as this condition of viral-caused T-cell immunodefiency with wasting and P carinii was known in primates by 1976, why did it take another 7 years before HIV was found in humans who had AIDS when a model of an AIDS-like condition had already long existed in chimpanzees? It seems to me there should have been no mystery concerning HIV disease when there was a chimpanzee model of the disease already present.
[1] McClure HM, Keeling ME, Custer RP, Marshak RR, Abt DA, Ferrer JF. Erythroleukemia in two infant chimpanzees fed milk from cows naturally infected with the bovine C-type virus. Cancer Res. 1974 Oct;34(10):2745-57.
[2] Chandler FW, McClure HM, Campbell WG, Watts JC. Pulmonary pneumocystosis in nonhuman primates. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1976 Mar;100(3):163-7.
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