Bob Gallo's New Weapon Against Aids

A discovery of HIV-fighting natural chemicals-and a new institute-return him to the research forefront

Just a few years ago, Dr. Robert C. Gallo's life was "worse than a series of Kafka nightmares," he recalls. The National Institutes of Health and the feared Energy & Commerce Committee bloodhounds of Representative John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) were investigating the prominent National Cancer Institute scientist for possible misconduct. The charge: that the fiercely competitive, hot-tempered Gallo had grabbed too much credit for the discovery of the AIDS virus--perhaps even stealing HIV itself from French rivals.

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