Was Robert Gallo robbed of the Nobel prize?
THIS year’s Nobel prize for medicine might reopen old wounds over who discovered the virus that causes AIDS. Robert Gallo, long credited as a co-discoverer of HIV in 1984, when he was at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, was notably absent from Monday’s announcement. Instead, French researchers Luc Montagnier and Françoise Barré-Sinoussi received the award for discovering the virus at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Frances Gotch, who studies HIV at Imperial College London, says that despite a long-running dispute between Gallo and Montagnier over who discovered the virus,