What is thalidomide and what caused the thalidomide disaster of the 1950s and 60s?

Thalidomide was first developed by Chemie-Grunenthal, a German pharmaceutical company, in 1954.  It was first marketed as a sedative, and

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Top 10 Most Searched Diseases: #4 HIV – Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HIV is a single stranded RNA virus which has an envelope (lipid membrane).  HIV is the causative agent of AIDS,

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