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Posted: 27 May 2011
 

In 1986 the International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses ruled that the AIDS-causing virus would be called Human Immunodeficiency Virus, ending the argument between the French and American groups, who wanted to call the virus LAV and HTLV-III, respectively. The year also saw the first clinical trial of AZT, although the paper...

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Posted: 24 May 2011
 

In 1985, public fear of AIDS was higher than ever. As deaths due to AIDS continued to mount, the disease was in the news and on everyone’s minds.  Many scientists began working on this new pathogen. In the first of two commentaries featured today, Dr. Wain-Hobson recalls the excitement of the early days of HIV research, when they first...

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Posted: 24 May 2011
 

Discovery of a new retrovirus in AIDS patients quickly led to the development of virus detection assays, which were crucial for two reasons: First, they provided the means to confirm the hypothesis that HIV was the etiologic agent of AIDS. Second, these sensitive detection assays were used to screen the blood supply for the presence of HIV...

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Posted: 19 May 2011
 

On 20 May 1983, two papers were published back to back in the same issue of Science. Both described the isolation of a new retrovirus from patients with IDS-like symptoms. The virus appeared to be similar to the two previously discovered human retroviruses (human T-cell leukemia viruses 1 and 2) previously described by the lab run...

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Posted: 12 May 2011
1 comments, last comment 13 May 2011 by alleslie

In 1982, reports of immunodeficiency in previously healthy individuals continued to roll in. The key question at that time  was to determine its  cause  and how it was spreading in the community. The first case...

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