Virus by Luc Montagnier
The Co-Discoverer of HIV Tracks Its Rampage and Charts the Future

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In the early 1980s the body of evidence for a virus of epidemic proportions was becoming irrefutable. The hunt for its cause was on and brought with it a race against time to identify the virus. In this autobiographical tale of that search, Luc Montagnier, relates the Institut Pasteur's role in investigating the AIDS virus and his group's success in identifying it before the National Health team. Filled with insights into controversies that arose over the questions of who discovered what, and when - a subject that generated almost as much new coverage as the disease itself - the book also conveys the scientific aspects of the disease and its devastating course throughout the world. Dr Montagnier's provides a commentary on critical subjects such as the possibilities for a vaccine, the current therapies available to AIDS patients and prospects for winning the battle against this virus.

About Luc Montagnier

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Luc Montagnier, MD, is professor of virology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, director of research at CNRS, and SalickProfessor and Director of the Center forMolecular and Cellular Virology at QueensCollege, City University of New York.
Published January 1, 1999 by W.W. Norton & Co.. 256 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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the desperate, despairing search for retroviruses linked to human cancers.” Montagnier goes on to discuss the natural history of the disease and of the epidemic.

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Reminiscent of Paul De Kruif's 1926 classic Microbe Hunters, this highly engaging scientific adventure story by the noted French virologist who was a codiscoverer of HIV begins with a short sketch of Montagnier's youth and early career as a researcher before launching into the more exciting narra...

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As David B Feinberg tartly noted in his novel Spontaneous Combustion, the virus was named HIV 'in an effort to solve a dispute about who had discovered the virus first, an American scientist who discovered the virus in 1984 or a French scientist who discovered the virus in 1983'.

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