AIDS Vaccine Quest Gets $100M Injection

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2009 12:25 PM CST
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(Newser) – A technology entrepreneur has given Massachusetts General Hospital its largest gift ever—$100 million—to create an interdisciplinary institute focused on finding an AIDS vaccine, the Boston Globe reports. The institute will bring together doctors and scientists from MGH, Harvard, and MIT, including engineers and mathematicians, who would otherwise not have collaborated. One doctor calls Phillip Terrence Ragon's effort “exactly what the field needs.”