Sailors and star-bursts, and the arrival of HIV

@article{Hooper1997SailorsAS,
  title={Sailors and star-bursts, and the arrival of HIV},
  author={Edward Hooper},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={1997},
  volume={315},
  pages={1689 - 1691}
}
  • E. Hooper
  • Published 20 December 1997
  • Biology
  • BMJ
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