Dear Windy City Times Editor:
I notice you state on the national AIDS timeline by Amy Wooten that you
posted on June 14, 2006, that in 1983, "a Paris researcher discovered
AIDS is caused by a retrovirus".
Please note that the above is inaccurate. While Luc Montagnier ( the
Paris researcher ) first identified and photographed the HIV virus, he
and his team did not establish that the virus causes AIDS. This was done
a year later, in 1984, by Dr. Gallo and his team at the National Cancer
Institute. Dr. Montagnier and Dr. Gallo share credit as co-discoverers
of HIV as the cause of AIDS.
The full account of the discovery can be found in articles written
separately and jointly by Dr. Gallo and Dr. Montagnier that appeared in
the journals "Science" and "The New England Journal of Medicine" in
2003. For your convenience, I am providing you with this link to the
Read more story below....
I trust that you will make the necessary correction. Feel free to
contact me if you have any questions.
Timothy S. McCoy
Manager, Int'l Corporate Relations
Office of Dr. Robert C. Gallo
410.706.1954 ( t )
410.706.1952 ( fax )