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Caption: The following video relates to a Science paper featuring contributing author Preston Marx, a Tulane University virologist. The article, "Island Biogeography Reveals the Deep History of SIV," is embargoed until 2 p.m. EDT on Sept. 16, 2010. Dr. Marx explains how a small island off the coast of Africa helped scientists unlock the genetic clues to reveal the ancient age of SIV, the simian ancestor to the virus that causes AIDS.
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