Discussion in 'Africa' started by Toro, Feb 14, 2008.
By Kate Rope
NEW YORK -- The origin of AIDS is a mystery that twists through the forests of Africa and into the bowels of a supercomputer in New Mexico. It pits hypotheses, scientists and one persistent journalist against one another, rarely producing answers that satisfy all the detectives on its trail.
While it is well understood what happens to the human immunodeficiency virus -- the virus that causes AIDS -- once it is inside the human body, it remains unknown how HIV got into humans to become one of the world's worst plagues. Depending on whom you ask, the answer lies with monkey hunters in Africa or a polio vaccine given to people in the Congo in the 1950s.
The latter hypothesis is the subject of a documentary that premiered in the United States last week at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The Origins of AIDS, directed by Peter Chappell and Catherine Peix, follows the evidence laid out by British journalist Edward Hooper in his 1999 book, The River. In it, Hooper proposed (based on nearly two decades of research) that one man's part in the race to create the polio vaccine launched the AIDS epidemic.
I also want to give props to Bush for his work on AIDS through PEPFAR. Even Obama made reference to the great work President Bush did in his interview at the Saddleback Forum. More info. on the statistics of Bush's efforts and an Obama quote of compliments are here... One Reason to Like Bush
Yeah, I'll give him that...but what about Darfur?
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