Volume 42, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


On 13–14 December 1989, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) convened a workshop at San Antonio, TX. The purpose was to critically assess the findings of Shyh-Ching Lo and his collaborators regarding a newly described mycoplasma tentatively named . The data and observations in Lo's reports, all of which have been published in the JOURNAL, indicate that may be pathogenic to humans, particularly to AIDS patients. A major concern regarding Lo's research has been whether these observations are based on studies of a contaminant rather than an organism that is truly colonizing the patient population. The workshop was chaired by Joel Baseman, who presented a summary of the proceedings to the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Subcommittee of the NIAID Council on 18 January 1990. The summary follows.

Mycoplasma-associated diseases in humans presents a spectrum of clinical signs and symptoms ranging from acute


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