Reverse Transcriptases of Primate Viruses as Immunological Markers

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Science  22 Sep 1972:
Vol. 177, Issue 4054, pp. 1119-1121
DOI: 10.1126/science.177.4054.1119


Antibodies were prepared against the DNA polymerases (reverse transcriptases) of three potentially oncogenic RNA viruses of primates. Two type C viruses, isolated from a woolly monkey fibrosarcoma and from a gibbon ape lymphosarcoma, have polymerases that are immunologically related to each other and are distinct from the type C viruses isolated from other mammals.