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Access to Patients Is Key to Success of Dutch Quartet

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Science  19 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5371, pp. 1859
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5371.1859

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AMSTERDAM-- Thanks to their access to two large cohorts of HIV-infected people, gay men and intravenous drug users, a collaboration of Dutch AIDS researchers has been able to accumulate enough data to make a number of important contributions to AIDS research, including key findings on AIDS epidemiology, markers of disease progression, antiviral therapies, and the interplay between HIV and the immune system. Yet researchers who know the group well say that the collaboration has not always gone smoothly, particularly because each team member has a forceful personality and strong views about AIDS research. The group has gained international recognition in recent years, however, making it especially ironic that the Dutch health ministry has decided to stop funding it.