Medicine: Yalta of AIDS

Ending a bitter feud

For two years the battle served as a rude reminder that science is no stranger to politics, greed or egotism. The combatants: Dr. Luc Montagnier of Paris' Pasteur Institute and Dr. Robert Gallo of the National Cancer Institute. At issue: who first identified the AIDS virus, and who should own the patent for developing the tests used to screen blood for AIDS infection. At stake: $5 million a year in royalties from the tests, plus no small measure of national pride and, quite possibly, a Nobel Prize. Thus it was fitting that when the squabble ended last week, its resolution was...

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