The AIDS Research Evaluation Working Group and six Area Review Panels currently charged with evaluating all National Institutes of Health-sponsored AIDS research (B. Goodman, The Scientist, July 10, 1995, page 1) find themselves facing a challenge they may not be able to overcome. Last month, the House Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate the direct appropriation of the AIDS budget to NIH through the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), under whose auspices the panels are working. In the plan proposed by the subcommittee, monies will be given directly to the 24 NIH institutes and will not be designated specifically for AIDS research. "That endangers the whole [panel] review," says AIDS activist Gregg Gonsalves of the New York-based Treatment Action Group, a member...

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