Like Robert Gallo the scientist, Robert Gallo the scientific impresario can be brilliant and engaging, excessive and abrasive, according to some of the 800 AIDS investigators from around the world attending his 10th annual lab meeting last month. They say Gallo's eclectic touch is evident throughout the gathering, which they consider one of the most important of the year--almost as much for the community feeling it brings to the far-flung scientists battling the disease complex as for the new research presented there.

"Gallo's meeting has juice, that's what it's got," declares Cecil H. Fox, an experimental pathologist, biochemist, and 20-year NIH veteran who is now president of Molecular Histology Laboratories Inc., Gaithersburg, Md. "That is, there's a lot of interpersonal contact, there are colorful people that go to it, there are discussions, disagreements, and, frequently, hard feelings and good feelings that come out of it. It's what scientific meetings are...

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