A Scientific Mystery
The health crisis and the political ramifications of the disease put immense pressure on the scientific research community; an international race to find the cause of AIDS unfolded.
Physicians and patients in New York and San Francisco supplied information and biological samples. Epidemiologists tracked the spread of AIDS. Other scientists pinned down molecular details. Careers, reputations, and the potential for enormous profits were at stake. Once they understood the viral nature and molecular behavior of HIV, medical workers developed diagnostic tests, therapeutic drugs, and new safety procedures.