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Elton John has spoken out about AIDS research, praising the efforts of biotechnology leaders, but stating that more work is needed.

“Despite our many advances, and despite your laudable work, HIV/Aids is still winning,” the singer/songwriter told 3000 guests at the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta. “It continues to devastate populations in the developing world. But the epidemic is also worse than we thought in this very city, and in this very country.”

Elton John established the Elton John AIDS Foundation in 1992 and has raised over $150 million to support AIDS prevention programs. He told guests at the BIO event that he has seen over 60 friends die from the disease.

“I should have done more,” he said. “I did not. I am ashamed.”

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