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July 21, 2010

Is there a cure for AIDS? Forum lifts a taboo

Yahoo! News: "Around 200 researchers held a two-day workshop in Vienna last week ahead of the 18th International AIDS Conference at a proposal by France's 2008 Nobel laureate, Francoise Barre-Sinoussi.

"They mapped a broad strategy to identify areas of fundamental research and coordinate work, Barre-Sinoussi told AFP on Wednesday. Further meetings are planned, along with the creation of a pool to swap knowledge and debate theories.

"'What we took away from the meeting was that a lot of the easy things have been done, a lot of the obvious things have been done, but there is really a dearth of new approaches for tackling this thing,' said Carl Dieffenbach, director of the AIDS division at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

"Fearful of overstoking expectations, the scientists are not using the media-friendly word 'cure.' Instead, they talk about 'attacking the reservoir.'"