Does the Rous Sarcoma Virus and Moloney Murine Sarcoma Virus also therefore NOT EXIST??? 1 July 2003
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Tony Floyd,
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Newcastle University

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Re: Does the Rous Sarcoma Virus and Moloney Murine Sarcoma Virus also therefore NOT EXIST???

> and is Mr Tony Floyd not aware of the following study .

> 1: Clin Diagn Lab Immunol 2002 Jan;9(1):160-3 Related Articles,Links

It does more than just ring a bell. In fact I've already pointed out the fallacy of a previous attempt to use it: Doctor Meles. Yet another researcher incorrectly cited in support of alternative AIDS theories... (Response posted 13th March 2003.)

In short, only 31 out of the 1437 tested were found to be indeterminate. Discussing the breakdown of the 31 whilst ignoring the other 1406 and ignoring the conclusions of the authors themselves is not really helping anyone.

>Tony Floyd wrote:

>It has been posited [sic posted] above

This is the second time I have been incorrectly chastised for pointing to what has been posited (as well as posted).

To 'posit' is to put forward as fact or as a basis for argument. To posit something is to base something on the truth of (a particular assumption) - ORIGIN C17: from L. posit-, ponere 'place'.(2)

I don't think recycling misrepresentation of Meles' paper will lead anywhere. What the Perth Group need to do is explain how the Crawford(3) and Sinoussi(4) papers have failed to measure up to their claims. In attempting to validate their insistence that HIV must be separated by density gradient centrifugation, they have pointed to two experiments where the viruses involved are also not 100% purified(5).

If similar viruses fail this test, does that mean that they also cease to exist?

References:

(1) Meles H, Wolday D, Fontanet A, Tsegaye A, Tilahun T, Aklilu M, Sanders E, De Wit TF. Indeterminate human immunodeficiency virus Western blot profiles in ethiopians with discordant screening-assay results. Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 2002 Jan;9(1):160-3. [Abstract]

(2) "posit v." The Concise Oxford Dictionary. Ed. Judy Pearsall. Oxford University Press, 2001. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. 27 June 2003

(3) Crawford LV, Crawford EM. (1961) The Properties of Rous Sarcoma Virus Purified by Density Gradient Centrifugation. Virology 13:227-232.

(4) Sinoussi F, Mendiola L, Chermann JC, Jasmin C, Raynaud M. (1973) Purification and Partial Differentiation of the Particles of Murine Sarcoma Virus (M. MSV) According to their Sedimentation Rates in Sucrose Density Gradients. Spectra 4:237-243.

(5) Foley B. Re: Re: Where is the proof for HIV purification by any method? BMJ Response. 27th June 2003.

Competing interests:   None declared