AIDS and the Duesberg Phenomenon
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
Renowned virologist and member of the prestigious National Academy of Science, Peter Duesberg has argued that AIDS is not caused by HIV, but is the result of recreational and anti-HIV drugs. In this PBL case, students read Duesberg’s 1999 article in Science magazine titled “HIV is Not the Cause of AIDS” as well as a response to it titled “HIV Causes AIDS” by medical researchers Dr. William A. Blattner and colleagues. Students work in groups to identify the issues as well as any terms or concepts they don’t understand, then research these out of class to pool their information as they learn about AIDS and HIV.
- To show how the scientific process works.
- To learn how to analyze and evaluate scientific arguments.
- To learn about HIV and AIDS.
KeywordsAcquired immunodeficiency syndrome; AIDS; human immunodeficiency virus; HIV; infectious disease; virus; viral infection; Peter Duesberg
Topical AreasScientific argumentation, Scientific method, Social issues
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division
Type / MethodsDebate, Journal Article, Problem-Based Learning
Subject HeadingsBiology (General) | Medicine (General) | Science (General) |