Scientific Norms 021710 - 1 What was the social context...

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What was the social context that shaped the “discovery” of the AIDS virus? h Who/what counted in the discovery? What was left out? How did this occur? h What impressions do you have of Gallo and his scientific conduct? h How does this account affect how you think about scientific discoveries and how science works? 2
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April 1984: Gallo press conference h 1984-1987: Disputes over significance of French & U.S. work h 1987: Political brokering by President Reagan and Prime Minister Jacques Chirac 3
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1989: Investigative reporter calls Gallo’s work and scientific conduct into question h 1990 Congress calls for National Institutes of Health Office of Research Integrity (ORI) to launch a federal inquiry into Gallo’s work h 1991: Robert Gallo and Luc Montagnier (Pasteur Institute) re-analyze their samples and find evidence of contamination 4
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December 1992: ORI report found Gallo guilty of “lying” and “scientific misconduct” h Gallo argues for his innocence and requests an appeal
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