Luc Montagnier (1932-2022). The Nobel that the pandemic made controversial


Virologist laureate for discovering the AIDS virus died in France at the age of 89. “It was decisive”, recalls to i Fernando Maltez.

Two years had passed since the first AIDS diagnoses in the world, among the many fears and stigma surrounding the homosexual community, there were suspicions that there was an infectious agent behind it, which could knock on anyone’s door, and confirmation reached the pages from Science magazine on May 20, 1983: Luc Montagnier and his team at the Pasteur Institute in Paris had isolated the retrovirus responsible for what would be the most striking epidemic in the second half of the 20th century through the biopsy of a French patient aged 33 years, HIV type 1. The French scientist, Nobel Prize laureate, who disputed the discovery with the American Robert Gallo, died this Tuesday, at the age of 89, in a hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, was confirmed yesterday.

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