MuchMoreThanMuscle saidKeep us posted on what you learn.
I have a friend who believes that the simian virus that we recognize as HIV was an experiment with a polio vaccine and chimpanzees that went wrong. Or something along those lines. I just read an article online that debunks this conspiracy theory. I would like to know where it started from and how it first developed.
I've never read into the simian virus, but it sounds like your friend needs to keep his tin-foil hat on tighter! ;)
HIV probably came about in a way similar to Ebola. Humans encroaching upon habitat (in the case of Ebola, the bush meat trade around Fruit Bats); with HIV it was probably Chimpanzee bush meat.
Globalization is a pretty powerful thing. We've destroyed species in a blink of an eye by seemingly 'innocent' acts like by simply not washing our laundry after visiting a foreign country (the white nose disease that is killing most of the bat species in North America)! And sometimes by idiots who are just crazy.