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Special counsel to save the AIDS research

Collect papers and help cure aids with them
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You may be aware that 100 among the world's top aids researchers were killed when their airplane was struck by a missile.

It's rare for this much specialized knowledge to be lost at once. Following standard procedures with regard to their working papers would deepen the tragedy.

I propose a special counsel be convened to collect, evaluate, and publish the unfinished works of these researchers so at least their work up to the present day won't be lost.

Voice, Jul 18 2014

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       Just returned from verifying your assertion - yes, the press says it is so. Boy, are the conspiracy theorists going to have fun with that one.
normzone, Jul 18 2014
  

       I'm not sure a special counsel is the right way to do it. If the deceased were group heads, it would be fairly usual for someone else from their group to step in (at least in the interim) to continue to direct research. If they were postdocs and students, the group head would typically reassign their work to someone else in the group. It's fairly unusual to have a lone worker whose work is lost with them.   

       What would be good, though, is if additional funds could be made available to the groups that have lost people. Assuming that the guilty government is identified, part of the damages claimed should be for this purpose.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 18 2014
  

       Next up, from RT.com (Putin's propaganda machine):   

       The AIDS virus has mutated to the point where it can launch missiles! Don't blame Russia. Blame the gays!   

       That said, I'm sure the NSA has all of their draft papers and communications. We just need to ask them for a backup. More importantly, we need more smart people on the job.
sophocles, Jul 18 2014
  

       // we need more smart people //   

       Yes, that would help your species quite a lot.   

       Let us know if you have any luck finding any.
8th of 7, Jul 18 2014
  

       //Let us know if you have any luck finding any.//   

       ITS A TRAP
Voice, Jul 18 2014
  

       The conference has 12,000 participants this year and 24,000 participants in 2012. The participants are not all researchers. This is just to put the loss of scientific knowledge into perspective.
xaviergisz, Jul 18 2014
  

       That is one shed of a big conference.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 18 2014
  

       The accident was the airplane was routed over a live battlefield. Whether or not it was shot down intentionally by a human or by an automatic surface to air missile defense system should really be a secondary consideration.   

       If the AIDS conference continues its 50% biannual rate of decline it shouldn't have any conference goers at all in not many years.
rcarty, Jul 19 2014
  

       //This is just to put the loss of scientific knowledge into perspective //   

       Loss sp: cost
Ling, Jul 19 2014
  

       My kid was returning on a school trip to the US and travelled through the same air corridor only 30 minutes after MH17. I've spent the last 2 days pondering how to infect the perpetrators with HIV once they're firmly identified. The irony appeals.   

       I'm all too aware that, although my family escaped harm, our grief and bitterness has been merely shifted onto others. So many good people lost.
AusCan531, Jul 19 2014
  

       That's a big "Whew". Holy Moly. Glad your son is safe. Feel sorry other's have lost theirs. I can't even begin to feel that grief. No way of understanding or feeling it.
blissmiss, Jul 19 2014
  

       What [Bliss] said.
Voice, Jul 19 2014
  

       Thanks guys, if things had worked out slightly different, right about now I'd be in The Ukraine about to get myself shot by some hyped up thug with an AK47.
AusCan531, Jul 20 2014
  
      
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