Cats can catch diseases so it’s a good idea to get your cat vaccinated against the more common threats. One disease cats can get is feline virus FIV, which causes a disease in cats that looks like HIV. This fact may allow scientists to create and test new anti-HIV drugs.

In an article published online in Cell Structure, two researchers from the Faculty of Biology created a detailed, 3-D molecular map of FIV integrase that could help scientists also understand how this protein works in HIV. By studying how drugs behave in cats, scientists hope to find ways to treat HIV in humans. Who knew cats could be so useful to medical research? That means humans will now be forever in the debt of cats more than they already are right now.

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