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Fri Dec 22 15:10:06 EST 1995
Well... have we finally gone full circle now?
In 1991, then director of the NIH, Dr. Bernadine Healy, began a
'Save Bob' campaign which entailed a trail of cover-ups and lies
[see Dingel Report, Executive Summary].
Now in 1995, Suzanne W. Hadley has begun a 'Stop Bob' campaign.
The Washington Post, December 15, 1995, Friday, Pg. A10
HEADLINE: Md. Lawmakers Ponder Virology Institute; Scientists
Campaign to Block Controversial NIH Researcher's Plan
BYLINE: Amy Goldstein, Washington Post Staff Writer
DATELINE: ANNAPOLIS, Dec. 14
Maryland legislative analysts said today that a proposed
research institute led by the controversial co-discoverer of the
AIDS virus would require a heavy investment of state aid but
provide significant benefits to the state's economy, prestige and
the ability to help residents with devastating diseases.
Analysts and a string of state officials urged lawmakers to
help Robert C. Gallo establish the virology institute, a major
scientific undertaking in downtown Baltimore that would fuse
basic research, clinical treatment and commercial spinoffs of new
drugs and other products.
But as legislators got their first detailed look at the state
investment the Institute of Human Virology would need, they also
got a first-hand glimpse of the controversy that has swirled
around Gallo for more than a decade.
Several scientists are mounting an unusual campaign to try to
block the proposed institute, and they urged lawmakers today to
deny Gallo financial help. His work at the National Institutes of
Health has prompted several federal investigations into who
really discovered the AIDS virus in 1984 and whether Gallo used
virus samples obtained from rival French researchers to develop
the AIDS tests that he and NIH patented.
Gallo announced in May that he was leaving NIH in Bethesda
after 30 years and that he had chosen Maryland from among several
states he had negotiated with to help him establish an
independent institute to study AIDS and other diseases caused by
Gov. Parris N. Glendening (D) had courted Gallo heavily,
offering to create the institute Gallo envisioned as part of the
University of Maryland's decade-old biotechnology initiative and
offering him $ 9 million in state aid.
Glendening is asking lawmakers to fund the project through the
University of Maryland's budget, starting with $ 3 million this
The General Assembly will vote on the idea during the
legislative session that starts Jan. 10. After a legislative
hearing today, key lawmakers said they supported it, despite the
"It's important to have a debate about it, but . . . this is a
worthwhile investment," said Del. Howard P. Rawlings (D-
Baltimore), chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
The Department of Fiscal Services found that the institute
would cost the state $ 24 million over five years, including
university funds, then become largely self-supporting as
researchers attracted outside grants.
James T. Brady, Maryland's secretary of business and economic
development, estimated that the institute's operations will
contribute about $ 20 million a year to the state's economy. In
addition, the University of Maryland will get nearly half of any
royalties from institute patents.
Suzanne W. Hadley, chief of an NIH investigation into Gallo's
work, was one of several scientists urging legislators to deny
him state money. She said investigations of Gallo, including
those by NIH and a congressional committee, found that he had a
"disregard of accepted standards for scientific conduct and
"In light of the dreadful nature of AIDS, in light of the
imperative that research on HIV be as trustworthy as possible . .
. is there anybody who argues credibly that Dr. Gallo meets these
tests and is a worthy role model?" she asked.
In addressing legislators, Gallo said: "I consider the
innuendos and allegations to be a frightening aspect of political
intervention into science. Our [research] group is doing more
with one hand tied behind our back than any other group in the
As for whether his lab or French researchers first discovered
the AIDS virus, he said, "It is nonsense to talk about relative
credit. Historians will decide that."
Anybody interested in contacting the House Appropriations Committee
before this vote to lobby your opinion in the matter may want to
House Appropriations Committee
Chairman Howard R. Rawlings
Lowe House Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401
Budget Taxation Committee
James Senate Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401
I called and talked to a staff member of the House Appropriations
Committee and he recommended these addresses as oppose to calling
them... at (410) 841-3000.
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