Alan Aderem was featured in last week's Seattle Times for his work as a biologist and activist. He is the co-founder of the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle and has dedicated his life to developing an HIV vaccine. Aderem was raised in South Africa under the dominion of apartheid. His experiences growing up fighting for equal rights left an indelible impression that has guided his politics and career in biology.
South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world. The distribution of infection effects the poor and children orphaned by the disease. Aderem comments, "I find it pretty sad that a virus is doing what apartheid wasn't able to do." Read the full article.