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Vaccine Theory of AIDS Origins Disputed at Royal Society

Science  15 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5486, pp. 1850-1851
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5486.1850

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LONDON, ENGLAND-- At center stage at a meeting on the origin of the AIDS epidemic, held here this week at the Royal Society, was a controversial theory that a contaminated polio vaccine tested in Africa more than 40 years ago sparked the epidemic. The theory took a hit when researchers revealed that tests of old samples of the vaccine provided no supporting evidence, and the main proponent of the theory, British writer Edward Hooper, endured a verbal battering himself from several prominent scientists. But Hooper, unbowed, got in plenty of jabs of his own.

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