Shots in the Dark (Paperback)
The Wayward Search for an AIDS Vaccine
W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393322255, 440pp.
Publication Date: December 1, 2001
When scientists proved in 1984 that HIV causes AIDS, a vaccine race spun into action. But the sprint to develop an AIDS vaccine now more closely resembles a crawl. Jon Cohen elucidates the forces that have hindered the search: unforeseen scientific obstacles, clashing personalities, the uncertain marketplace, haphazard political organization, and serious ethical dilemmas. Beyond a powerful critique, Cohen also offers specific recommendations for accelerating the effort.