the past

Monkey HIV Has Been Around for 32,000 Years, Stunning Researchers

It wasn’t just a couple hundred years ago that simian immunodeficiency virus — the monkey and ape version of AIDS — began popping up in the animal kingdom. Rather, it’s been there for about 32,000 years, new research concludes. Too bad it still doesn’t explain what happened in the past 100 or so years that allowed the virus to jump to humans, become HIV, and give Christine O’Donnell something to bitch about.