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Chimps and Lethal Strain a Bad Mix

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Science  19 Nov 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5444, pp. 1454-1455
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5444.1454b

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BETHESDA, MARYLAND-- For the first time in the history of the AIDS epidemic, the National Institutes of Health convened a public meeting to discuss a proposed HIV vaccine experiment in chimpanzees. The reason for the extra scrutiny: The test involves giving the animals a strain of the virus that quickly destroys their immune systems and possibly even causes disease. But the assembled researchers were unenthusiastic about the proposal, apparently leaving it dead in the water.