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Science Fictions: A Scientific Mystery, a Massive Cover-up, and the Dark Legacy of Robert Gallo

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1341
  1. Christopher Martyn
  1. BMJ

    John Crewdson

    Little, Brown and Company, $27.95/£19.67, pp 670 Embedded Image

    ISBN 0 316 13476 7

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    It's fairly clear that Robert Gallo is not a very likeable man. In the race to identify the cause of AIDS, he threatened his rivals, bullied his collaborators, and lied to editors of journals. Although never proved, it seems more than possible that HTLV-III, the retrovirus that he claimed to have discovered, had been deliberately misappropriated from cell lines sent to him from …

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