To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the discovery of AIDS, the National Institutes of Health announced on June 4 the launch of a new Web site chronicling the history of AIDS research. "In Their Own Words: NIH Researchers Recall the Early Years of AIDS" (http:// highlights five main periods in AIDS research: initial encounters with the disease, the AIDS epidemic, early research efforts, the discovery of HIV, and the search for effective treatments. Each section includes a short essay along with graphics and photos. The site also features document and image archives and a timeline of the key events in AIDS history between 1981 and 1988. According to Victoria Harden, NIH historian, "In Their Own Words" grew out of an oral history project that has been going on for 13 years. "Our main goal was to put a human face on the government's early response to...

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