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New Czar Aims to Sharpen France's Effort

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Science  04 Dec 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5395, pp. 1799
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5395.1799

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PARIS-- Although France is second only to the United States in spending on AIDS research, in recent years the payoff has seemed disproportionately modest (Science, 16 January, p. 312). But French officials are hoping that will change soon. At a press conference earlier this week, France's new AIDS czar, immunologist Michel Kazatchkine, unveiled plans to harness basic AIDS research more tightly to eventual therapeutic goals, as well as to beef up the nation's AIDS vaccine effort.