Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, Virus-Hunting Master - NYTimes.com
"If scientists are lucky, they'll identify one novel virus in their whole life," said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "Lipkin really stands out from the crowd."
The emergence of H.I.V. in the 1980s first drove Dr. Lipkin to search for viruses. At the time, he was a neurology resident at the University of California, San Francisco, and was watching many patients fall ill with AIDS. It took years for scientists to discover the virus responsible for the disease. Dr. Lipkin worried that in years to come, new viruses would claim more lives because of this lag. "I saw all this, and I said, 'We have to find new and better ways to do this,' " Dr. Lipkin said.
"There isn't anybody any better at this than Ian Lipkin," said Dr. Fauci. "If he can't find it, it probably doesn't exist."
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Today is World AIDS Day.