AIDS Community: The Changing of the Guard

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Science  28 Jun 1996:
Vol. 272, Issue 5270, pp. 1876
DOI: 10.1126/science.272.5270.1876b

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A decade ago, the world of AIDS research was more like a collection of fiefdoms than a typical field of science. Today, the landscape of the AIDS research world appears much different and, by most accounts, considerably less hostile. The field is now so large that no one lab controls anything. And the community itself has been transformed: The reign of the tumor virologists has been eclipsed by a younger generation of researchers who have spent their entire independent careers trying to tackle tough, detailed questions about HIV and AIDS. Some say the community is now much less riven by competition and bitter disputes.