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Investigating the origin of AIDS: some ethical dimensions
  1. B Martin
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr B Martin, Science, Technology, and Society, University of Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia; 


The theory that AIDS originated from contaminated polio vaccines raises a number of challenging issues with ethical dimensions. The Journal of Medical Ethics dealt with a submission about the theory a decade ago; subsequent developments have raised further issues. Four areas of contention are addressed: whether the theory should be investigated; whether anyone should be blamed; whether defamation actions are appropriate, and whether the scientific community has a responsibility to examine unorthodox theories.

  • polio vaccines
  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • research ethics

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