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Gallo gets ready to try the other fork in the road

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 06 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1160

Americans love “dream teams,” which usually come from sports. One was baseball's New York Yankees, whose great playerphilosopher Yogi Berra once observed, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

American medicine's dream team comes from Bethesda, Maryland, and its leader is star scientist Robert Gallo from the National Cancer Institute. Gallo, of course, is probably the world's best known virologist, both for his discovery (with the French) of HIV but also for his battle with the French over who actually was first to reach the HIV prize. Gallo and his coworkers have been leaders in retroviral research and are the undisputed discoverers of at least two other viruses that cause cancer in humans.

Gallo so …

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