With the pandemic mounting and no sure remedies in sight, experts foresee the growing recruitment of skilled researchers

On May 21, the World Health Organization announced that 14 million people have been infected with HIV so far, and the global figure could hit 40 million by the year 2000. And the ninth international AIDS meeting in Berlin earlier this month yielded little startling information beyond the general agreement among scientists that they have been, in effect, stymied thus far in their quest to counter the virulent pandemic.

But science's pursuit of a magic bullet--or arsenal of heavy artillery--to battle the scourge is picking up speed. And, while fundamental questions about AIDS remain unanswered, preparation for vaccine trials is under way worldwide, and the need for scientists in AIDS research will skyrocket, experts from diverse fields agree.

Although a precise counting of AIDS researchers is nearly impossible, the number is probably...

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