THE AIDS EPIDEMIC: A TEAM EFFORT

HO IS ONE OF DOZENS OF RESEARCHERS WHO DESERVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR HEROIC AND GROUNDBREAKING WORK BATTLING THE AIDS EPIDEMIC. HERE ARE JUST A FEW

LUC MONTAGNIER

Paris in the early 1980s turned out to be the perfect place to study AIDS. The patients were men, women, European, African. So few were homosexual that French doctors were not that distracted by the idea that this was a "gay plague." To them, it was merely a sexually transmitted disease. So they turned to Dr. Montagnier, a noted virologist at the Pasteur Institute, to find the cause. By 1983 his team had isolated a new human retrovirus. Their results, published in Science, were largely ignored. Then, in 1984, Dr. Robert Gallo announced that he had discovered the...

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