Barnes, Deborah M. "Gallo Meeting a Mecca for AIDS Researchers," Science 241 (9 September

 

Barnes, Deborah M. "Gallo Meeting a Mecca for AIDS Researchers," Science 241 (9 September
1988), p. 1287.

Here is Science's coverage of a media event: Bob Gallo's annual get-together. This is, by all
accounts, the right place to be if one is a researcher into AIDS. It is held in Gallo's laboratory in
Bethesda, Maryland, the National Cancer Institute, and all the top people in the field are reported
in attendance. Luc Montagnier is there. This is the place to be "...because most of the best people
in the field are here and they are presenting the newest research - much of it unpublished. Most
important, ...there are discussions."

The reader learns that this sort of congregation "galvanized futuristic thinking," and even if the
spotlight had to be shared with other topics, it was AIDS that was center stage. It is quite clear
here that Big Science can be very exciting and worthy of news attention.