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With one in three of its adult population infected, Botswana has the highest prevalence of HIV in the world. But in the dusty streets of the capital, Gaborone, there is still hope that the epidemic can be contained.

Michael Cherry describes how a team of 90 scientists and technicians at the city’s Princess Marina Hospital are establishing Africa’s largest single laboratory dedicated to AIDS research.

The laboratory’s research has two main objectives: to determine the long-term effects of drug treatment, and to contribute towards the development of an effective vaccine for the virus. Staff are confident that the fight against AIDS can be won.

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Reference: Nature 418, 114 (2002)

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