Foamy Viruses pp 161-180 | Cite as

Replication of Primate Foamy Viruses in Natural and Experimental Hosts

Part of the Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology book series (CT MICROBIOLOGY, volume 277)


Foamy viruses (FVs) are common apathogenic retroviruses readily spread by horizontal transmission in nonhuman primate and some other mammalian host populations. Primate FV infections have been known for half a century, i.e., 15 years before the definition of retroviruses and another 15 years before the detection of primate immune deficiency viruses. The emerging interest in human retroviruses


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Virology, Institute for Medical Microbiology and HygieneUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Medical BiotechnologyPaul Ehrlich InstituteLangenGermany

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