Medicine: Needed: Nuns and Priests

As trouble erupts over DDI, Dr. Jonas Salk of polio-vaccine fame has a different idea. He thinks AIDS patients may be able to boost their resistance through injections of his Salk HIV immunogen (which consists of inactivated pieces of the virus). Tests with 90 AIDS volunteers at the University of Southern California's cancer center have shown promise, and Salk hopes for a breakthrough similar to his victory over polio in 1955. Last week the Food and Drug Administration approved nationwide trials of the Salk immunogen.

In addition, Salk has asked the state of California for permission to inject his immunogen into...

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