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Israeli Aids Center Burned; U.S. to Test Israeli Aids Drug

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Unknown persons attempted to burn down a building being renovated as a treatment center for victims of AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) in the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv Tuesday night.

Police said a fence was torn down and part of the building was burned. Neighbors who object to the establishment of an AIDS treatment center in their area are believed responsible.

Meanwhile, Bar Ilan University and the National Patent Development Corp. of New York announced the establishment of a joint venture company, Scientific Testing Inc. which will begin clinical tests of an immuno-augmenting compound –AS 101 — for treatment of AIDS, developed by Bar Ilan scientists.

The testing will be conducted at the institute for Immunological Disorders at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, under the direction of Dr. Peter Mansell. An Investigational New Drug Application has been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The testing, due to begin in 4-6 weeks, will focus on the effects of AS101 on about 30 AIDS patients.

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