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CU partnership with Aurora animal shelter provides purr-fect FIV test patients

​AURORA | Researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus recently enlisted the help of some unlikely test subjects from Aurora to continue studying the effects of immunodeficiency viruses.

And although they’re donating complete organs, they’re not exactly willing participants and they can’t talk. But they sure can purr.

Thanks to a new partnership with the Aurora Animal Shelter, researchers Eric Poeschla, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Chommanart Thongkittidilok, a post doctoral research fellow at CU, are using reproductive tissues from spayed and neutered shelter cats to study feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), the equivalent of HIV in cats.