Wednesday, June 28, 2006


The Best Way to Learn Evolution

For David Watkins, the head of the University of Wisconsin at Madison's HIV vaccine research team, the search for an HIV vaccine has as much to do with Darwin as disease, according to a story by David Wahlberg in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Motivated by a mix of humanitarian concern for the victims of HIV and scientific curiosity Watkins says:
"HIV is the best way to learn evolution," said the 47-year- old, born in Uganda, raised in Trinidad and schooled in Wales.

"It's evolution in action," he said, because the virus frequently mutates to dodge the immune system and drugs.


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