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Hopes for AIDS Vaccine Still Alive Despite Setbacks
Date:12/1/2008

oughened the science, the experts said.

"Over the past year or two, there have been a lot of calls for a return to basic science, rather than [quickly] testing candidates in people," Johnston said. "It all comes back to a question of doing our homework in basic research, so that we can really come up with a strong candidate that we can have a lot more optimism for."

Gallo agreed.

"There were a number of people in the past who were thinking naively that anything was going to work," he said. HIV has proven much tougher than that, of course. "However, I still believe that a vaccine is do-able, or I wouldn't be working on it," he said.

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SOURCES: Wayne Koff, Ph.D., senior vice president, research and development, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, New York City; Robert Gallo, M.D., director, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore; Rowena Johnston, Ph.D., vice president, research, Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR), New York City


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