HTLV-1 The Forgotten Cousin of HIV – Professor Charles Bangham, Imperial College London
The catastrophic impact of HIV – human immunodeficiency virus – is well-known worldwide. Not so well known is its distant cousin HTLV-1, human T cell leukaemia virus type 1, which also has the potential to destroy lives. The study of HTLV-1 can shed light on HIV itself. A team at Imperial College London, led by Professor Charles Bangham, has been working to raise awareness of this under-researched virus and to find better treatments for the devastating illnesses that it causes.