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The woman who found the HIV virus: Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi at Fred Hutchinson

by Doug Hamilton – SGN Contributing Writer How soon will it be before we have a cure for HIV/AIDS? It is the 31 year-old question hounding viral researcher Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who isolated the HIV virus in France in 1983, and went on to win a Nobel Prize for that in 2008. Here in her capacity as global ambassador and President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) (since 2012), that question followed her once again on her first visit to Seattle, where she took center stage August 27 at a public forum hosted by Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center. The small auditorium of around 200 seats could not contain the spillover audience. It was understandable that they would be willing to watch from a monitor in the next room, because she is a rock star as far as epidemiologists, virologists, and AIDS activists go. ‘AIDS Hysteria’ was the title of TIME magazine’s July 4, 1983 cover story that came out shortly after Barré-Sinoussi published her

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