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Dispute over HIV ownership ends

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 23 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:219
  1. J Roberts

    The international dispute over the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) seems to have ended last week. Health agencies from the United States and France jointly announced a patent agreement that will give the French half of the royalties that are made from the use of HIV antibody tests.

    The agreement, said sources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), marks the conclusion of the 10 year debate over who truly discovered HIV as the infectious agent that causes AIDS.

    The dispute dates to the virus's discovery in 1984, when simultaneous announcements came from the …

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