Barnes, Deborah M. "AIDS Patent Dispute Settled," 236 Science (3 April 1987), p. 17.
There has been a raging dispute for several months on the test for the AIDS virus. HHS and the
Pasteur Institute have been at each other's throats because there are, potentially, big bucks
involved. Here is an announcement that an agreement has been reached: "Under a legal
agreement dated 30 March 1987, HHS and the Pasteur will share rights to the patent, and Robert
Gallo of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and his colleagues and Luc Montagnier of the
Pasteur and his colleagues will be recognized as joint inventors of the AIDS antibody test-kit
assay. President Reagan and French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac announced the settlement on
Here is an example of establishing priority in science. The politics of the situation are such that
this case is wide open. The resolution which occurs is announced when the head of state of a
friendly nation visits, and a cooperative statement is issued. Thus is science politicized. Money
and politics matter in science as they do in other institutions.