Luc Montagnier

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Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of ...

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Overview

Trailblazers in Science and Technology is a 10-volume set that profiles the lives and achievements of scientists whose work has had a major impact on a particular field. The scientist's accomplishments are discussed, including the "trailblazing" principles and personal struggles that complemented his or her work. Employing an array of primary sources-diaries, memoirs, letters, and contemporary news accounts-as well as secondary sources, the set depicts the human drama of scientific work, the challenge of research, and the exhilaration and rewards of discovery.

Luc Montagnier recounts the life and career of the Nobel Prize-winning French virologist whose contributions to the understanding of the nature of viruses led to a significant advance in cancer research and in discovering the HIV virus that causes AIDS. In addition to describing Montagnier's other accomplishments-he is currently president of the World Foundation for AIDS Research and Prevention-the book highlights the social and personal conflicts that shaped and sometimes hindered his work and that of other scientists of the era.

Luc Montagnier includes more than 30 color photographs and four-color line illustrations, a chronology, a glossary, a list of print and Internet resources, and an index. Trailblazers in Science and Technology is an essential set for students, teachers, and general readers that provides a factual look at the lives and accomplishments of prominent scientists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604136616
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Series: Trailblazers in Science and Technology Series
  • Pages: 123
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction xv

1 Learning about Viruses 1

An Uncertain Childhood 1

First Research 2

Viruses and Cells 3

DNA: The Secret of Heredity 6

Virus Reproduction 8

Growing Cancer Cells 9

"Backwards" Viruses 10

Move to the Institut Pasteur 12

Research on Interferon 13

Cancer-Causing Genes 15

Lonely Virus Hunters 16

Start of a Collaboration 18

2 A Mysterious Epidemic 19

Strange Infections 20

Reports of a New Disease 22

The First AIDS Cases 24

Cases in France 24

Risky Behavior 26

Threat to the Blood Supply 27

The Virus Hunt Begins 28

3 Search for the Virus 31

First Signs of a Virus 32

Fran$oise Barre-Sinoussi (1947-): Codiscoverer of the AIDS Virus 34

Competing Viruses 35

Papers in Science 36

Classifying the Virus 38

Disappointing Reception 40

4 Painful Rivalry 43

Harsh Criticism 43

Permanent Virus Cultures 44

Mathilde Krim (1926-) and AmfAR: Supporting AIDS Research 47

"These Guys Have Something" 49

One-Sided Announcement 50

5 Struggle for Credit 53

Comparing Viruses 53

Changeable G-enes 54

Ryan White (1971-1990): Unfair Discrimination 56

A Less-Than-Perfect Test 59

Patent Battle 61

Does HIV Really Cause AIDS? 62

A Second AIDS Virus 65

Investigations of the Past 65

A Landmark Agreement 67

New Hope for AIDS Sufferers 69

6 The Ultimate Prize 72

Investigations and Discoveries 72

A Surprise Contamination 74

Charges Dropped 75

New AIDS Treatments 78

Disaster in Developing Countries 80

The Origin of HIV 82

New Places, New Approaches 83

Nobel for Montagnier 85

Conclusion 89

Chronology 95

Glossary 103

Further Resources 108

Index 118

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