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8 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 30, 1995
Boy, 5, clears AIDS from body fIU

Los Angeles Times
searchers say they have documented
for the first time a case in which an
infant infected with the AIDS virus at
birth cleared the virus from his body
by his first birthday.
The child is now 5, healthy and
shows no evidence of ever having
been infected by HIV.
Thereport, published today in the
New England Journal of Medicine,
confirms what researchers had sus-
pected was possible but had never
been proven - that the human im-
mune system can fend off the AIDS
virus. They hope to gain insight for
developing an AIDS vaccine.

"This tells us something very im-
portant," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, di-
rector of the National Institute of Al-
lergy and Infectious Diseases, "that
there are situations where you can get
infected and clear the virus. There
must be some mechanism available in
the body capable of doing that. If we
look carefully enough, we may be
able to (find it)."
Several similar cases have previ-
ously been reported in the literature,
but all have been dismissed as the
resultof laboratory errors. Dr. Yvonne
J. Bryson and her UCLA colleagues
report they have used sophisticated
molecular biology techniques to show
without a doubt that the child was

infected and that the virus has since
disappeared from his body.
The discovery is important, Bryson
said, because, "If it happens once,
particularly in an infant, it may hap-
pen more often."
The results, she said, may explain
why 70 percent of infants born to
HIV-positive mothers do not them-
selves develop the disease. It also
may shed new light on the mecha-
nisms by whichsomespouses of HIV-
positive individuals and some groups
of African prostitutes are able to avoid
Bryson cautioned mothers of HIV-
positive infants not to build up their
hopes solely on the basis of her report.


Driver may have seen Simpson car

Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES - The limou-
sine driver who took O.J. Simpson to
the airport on the night of the murders
conceded yesterday that he cannot be
absolutely sure the defendant's
Bronco was not parked outside his
home at a key time. But he also agreed
With a prosecutor trying to downplay
other elements of his testimony.
The driver, Allan Park, and an-
other witness offered a confusing ac-
count of the luggage Simpson trav-
eled with on his way to Chicago shortly
after the murders were committed.
Park remembered seeing four or five

bags go into the limousine, while a
skycap said he saw only three at the
other end. Prosecutors have suggested
Simpson discarded one bag - which
authorities believe contained a mur-
der weapon and bloody clothes-but
have not have not explained how or
where that happened.
In tracking Simpson's movements
on the night of murders, prosecutors
called Los Angeles International Air-
port skycap James Williams, who
checked in Simpson's bags.
Simpson pleaded not guilty to the
June 12murders of his ex-wife Nicole
Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald

Despite extensive searches, authori-
ties have never recovered the murder
weapon or bloody clothes they believe
Simpson was wearing at the time. Tes-
tifying for the second day, Park stuck to
the essentials of his testimony and re-
fused to favor either side.
Whether or not Simpson's white
Ford Bronco was parked in front of
his estate before 10:45 p.m. on June
12 is a potentially key question in the
murder trial because prosecutors be-
lieve Simpson killed his ex-wife and
her friend at about 10:15 p.m., then
rushed home in the Bronco.

The father of Mohamed Abderrahmani, editor of an Algerian newspaper, is comforted following his son's death.
Analysts: Algeria trying to
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PARIS- A major Algerian crack-
down on Islamic militants, which re-
portedly resulted in more than 1,000
rebel deaths last week, appears to be
part of an all-out government effort to
crush the guerrilla movement and re-
store order before elections later this
year, analysts said yesterday.
Even as news of the death toll in
four Algerian provinces surfaced ear-
lier this week, the Islamic extremists
struck a highly visible blow in the
heart of Algiers. Mohamed
Abderrahmani, editor of the newspa-
per El-Moudjahid, was assassinated,
making him the 30th journalist killed
in the 3-year-old insurgency.
The government offensive, though

not officially confirmed by Algerian
authorities, would be the largest mili-
tary operation against Muslim guer-
rillas since January 1992, when the
military-backed government canceled
elections that the Islamic Salvation
Front was expected to win. An esti-
mated 30,000 people, many of them
civilians, have been killed by Islamic
guerrillas as well as government hit
"The government is increasing the
pressure because it is thinking of the
elections," said Ramdane Redjala, an
Algerian political analyst in Paris. "It
wants the people to feel safe enough
in the streets to vote. But it also wants
to show that its extremist opponents
can be defeated."


This week, Algerian President
Liamine Zeroual began a round of
new talks with opponents of his mili-
tary-backed regime on the elections,
which he has vowed to hold by the
end of the year. Zeroual met with his
predecessor, Ali Kafi, head of the
independent war veterans, and was
due to meet leaders of the main legal
opposition parties later this week.
In a move that could suggest a
reopening of negotiations, the gov-
ernment moved two leaders of the
Islamic Salvation Front, Abassi
Madani and Ali Belhadj, from jail to
house arrest for secret talks, Algerian
newspapers say.
A similar move by the govern-
ment last fall failed to break the dead-
lock, and the men were returned to
jail. But this time, eight retired Alge-
rian army generals are drawing up a
plan for national reconciliation and
dialogue with the front, El Hayat
newspaper reported.
The Islamic front's armed wing
has targeted security forces in its guer-
rilla war with the Algerian govern-
ment. But the government's primary
target has been the more radical Armed
Islamic Group, or GIA, whose opera-
tives were responsible for the hijack-
ing of an Air France plane on Christ-
mas Eve and for numerous killings of
journalists, intellectuals and foreign-
The Algerian daily newspaper El
Watan, which is generally well-in-
formed on security matters, quoted
reliable sources yesterday as saying
Djamel Zitouni, leader of the GIA,
was among those killed in the recent
government offensives in mountains
west of Algiers.



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