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."


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!