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A panel of respected experts selected to serve a particular advisory or decision-making role.

A blue ribbon committee was convened in the 1990s by Bernadine Healy, former director of the NIH for a trial of HIV vaccines.

So much for such committees, a viable HIV vaccine is still years in the future. “Blue ribbon” is a popular adjectival synonym for “highly-qualified”, derived from the blue ribbons that may be awarded to the first-place winners in a competition. 

Reference Sci Am 1993; 269/5:107

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