The Guardian Newspaper is reporting that there may have been as many as 100 AIDS researchers on the downed Malaysia Air flight. Participants in a plenary session of the upcoming AIDS conference in Melbourne, Australia have been told that this information comes from email exchanges between researchers planning to attend the conference.

So far we have no official confirmation of how many researchers were on the flight, but we do know that Pim de Kuijer, a Dutch AIDs campaigner was among the people on the flight.

If even a fraction of those 100 researchers were on the flight, this would bring this already horrific tragedy to a new level. So many scientists working on trying to cure a horrific disease lost in a single action.