Canadian HIV/AIDS researchers reeling following MH17 crash

A Malaysia Airlines plane at Kuala Lumpur airport in May 2014
Photo courtesy the Associated Press

Canada's HIV/AIDS research community is reacting with shock to the loss of over 100 of their international colleagues who lost their lives when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were shot out of the sky over Ukraine yesterday.

Sherrie James says she and her coworkers at the Toronto-based Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research are still in shock.

She says the nature of job brings her in close contact with mortality.

But she never expected that she would have to deal with it in such a staggering way.

"To now lose this many that have made it their life's work to fight [HIV/AIDS] and to overcome it and to find solutions... it's different. I don't even have the words to describe that," she says.

She says she can't even begin to speculate how the loss of so many experts will affect future research.

The scientists were on their way to a conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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