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Perhaps one of the greatest challenges to the scientific and legal community confronts us now-not by choice but by tragic happenstance. It has taken the form of a mysterious disease that is striking down its victims at an alarming rate. The disease is AIDS. The scientific community is pushing the limits of medical knowledge in its effort to cure and contain the illness. At the same time the legal community, in the face of scientific uncertainty, must balance the needs of a frightened public and the rights of those persons who are affected by the disease. One thing is clear: it is important for the law to confront these challenges by anticipating needs before they overwhelm us.