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French Supreme Court Ends Tainted Blood Saga

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Science  27 Jun 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5628, pp. 2019
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5628.2019b

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A legal odyssey involving the contamination of France's blood supply with the AIDS virus in the mid-1980s appears to have ground to a conclusion. Last week, the Supreme Court (Cour de Cassation) upheld a ruling that 30 health officials, doctors, and political aides cannot be held responsible for delays in blood screening that resulted in thousands of people becoming infected with HIV.

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