David Ho Essay

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David Ho David Ho was born in the small city of Tai Chung, on the island of Taiwan. His father, who had served as a translator for U.S. troops in China during World War II, left David, his mother, and a younger brother behind to pursue graduate engineering studies in the United States. Later, Mr. Ho sent for his family to come to America. David and his brother arrived in the new land unable to speak English. Their father had insisted that they postpone learning the language until they came to America, so they would learn to speak with as little Chinese accent as possible. The family initially lived in central Los Angeles, near the University of Southern California, where Mr. Ho was completing his master's degree. David spent his first months of school in frustration. He was unable to follow lessons in English. He was made fun of by his classmates for his inability to speak or understand, but within months he had made progress in English, and graduated with honors. After high school he attended both MIT and California Tech as physics major, but he soon decided molecular biology was most exciting field in modern science. He won a scholarship to Harvard Medical School and, as resident at UCLA Medical Center, saw some of the first documented cases of AIDS. He then dedicated himself to fighting the mysterious killer. After the virus was identified, most researchers believed that the disease entered a dormant phase after the initial infection, since most patients did not become seriously ill until months or years after the first exposure. Dr. Ho's research proved that the virus actually multiplies in vast numbers from the very beginning, while the immune system exhausts itself fighting the virus. Armed with this discovery, Dr. Ho shifted attention from treatment of the final losing months of the disease and sought a way to fight the virus in the first stages of

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