Published in Hepatitis Weekly, September 1st, 2003
"To understand the possible origin of hepatitis B virus (HBV), three of the four hyperendemic, primitive accessible tribes of the Andaman and Nicobar islands, India, were investigated. The Nicobarese tribe was investigated in 1989 and 1999. The S gene from 65 l isolates was amplified by PCR and sequenced," researchers in India reported.
"Genotyping and serotyping were carried out on the basis of phylogenetic and amino acid analyses of S gene. All 20 Nicobarese-89 isolates, nine Onges-99 isolates and the single Andamanese-99 HBV isolate were classified as genotype D. Of the...
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