So Long, Nobel

Did Robert Gallo, of the National Cancer Institute, really isolate the AIDS virus in 1984, as he claims? Or did he culture a virus found by French researchers and then mislead the scientific community? A National Institutes of Health panel ruled last year that there were no ethical problems. Now a Health and Human Services report disagrees. It says Gallo didn't steal the virus. But a single sentence in his 1984 paper implying that no one could yet grow the French virus was ruled to be deliberately false and thus scientific misconduct. Gallo calls the report "incompetent."

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