The Master Detective, Still on the Case

The French scientist who isolated the original AIDS virus is hotly pursuing yet another microscopic culprit

The mood of despair in Amsterdam last week was not shared by the small, stocky Frenchman who is one of the leading pioneers of AIDS research. By rights, Dr. Luc Montagnier ought to be alarmed by the suggestion that AIDS might occur without the HIV virus. After all, it was his team at the Pasteur Institute nine years ago that first isolated the infectious agent known as HIV.

But Montagnier knows his virus. He knows firsthand that it alters its genetic code as often as Madonna changes her persona, and thus could easily hide from a blood test. And when perplexed...

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