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French AIDS Research Pioneers to Testify in Trial of Ministers

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Science  12 Feb 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5404, pp. 910-911
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5404.910

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PARIS-- This week, nearly a dozen members of the research group that isolated HIV are appearing as witnesses in the trial of former Prime Minister Laurent Fabius and two former ministers, who are accused of "involuntary homicide" and "involuntary assault on the physical integrity of persons" for having allegedly delayed measures to protect the nation's blood supply and blood products from contamination with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The testimony of AIDS researchers is intended to shed light on the key scientific issues in the case: What did the ministers know about the AIDS epidemic, and when did they know it?