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April 2, 2006

Virology's Copernicus?

Regarding Peter Duesberg

Kicking the Sacred Cow contains a section entitled "Closing Ranks: AIDS Heresy and the Viricentric Universe," which discusses my reasons for being skeptical toward the official line and suggests that Peter Duesberg, one of the most capable and well-known among scientists who contest the generally dispensed dogma, may one day be looked back on as the Copernicus of his field. (Click for link to an online version.)

A similar comparison is made By Donald W. Miller Jr. in his article "A Modern-Day Copernicus: Peter H. Duesberg," posted on LewRockwell.com at www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller18.html. Dr. Miller also describes Duesberg's more recent work challenging the conventional view of mutant genes as the cause of cancer and proposing chromosomal abnormalities instead. The theory implies the feasibility of treatments premised on prevention rather than hopeful cure, and is attracting serious attention. If vindicated and accepted, it could, one might hope, lead to more willingness to reappraise Duesberg's position on AIDS too. Don't hold your breath, though. A part of Dr. Miller's article reads:

When Duesberg�s work on HIV/AIDS and cancer is finally recognized and accepted, it will cause a revolution in science. Over the last 50 years government-sponsored and industry-sponsored research programs have come to dominate scientific research. A totalitarian system now exists where only scientists that adhere to the prevailing orthodoxy can receive funds to conduct research. Not only will the government not fund studies on alternative hypotheses for AIDS and cancer, but this stricture applies to other areas of inquiry. All research on climate change must conform to the dogma of human-caused global warming, and studies on vaccines dare not criticize their safety or efficacy. No government grants will be awarded to anyone who wants to study radiation hormesis � and question the linear no-threshold hypothesis. Studies published that support the reigning dogma are riddled with conflicts of interest, manipulated statistics, and bias. Once the HIV-AIDS hypothesis is acknowledged to be false, a domino effect will impact other branches of science that government now controls.

Also out recently and worth reading in this connection is an article by the tenacious, long-time AIDS journalist Celia Farber entitled "Out of Control: AIDS and the Corruption of Medical Science," Harper's Magazine, March 1, 2006, online at www.harpers.org/OutOfControl.html.

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