A plea to Christopher Noble 8 August 2003
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Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos,
Department of Medical Physics, Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia,
Valendar F Turner, John Papadimitriou, Barry Page, David Causer, Helman Alfonso

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Re: A plea to Christopher Noble

A plea to Christopher Noble

In his rapid response “Re: Politics vs. Science” (7 August 2003), Christopher Noble wrote: “Please address these points before changing the subject.”

The subject of this debate is “HIV”, its genome, clones and sequences. We have repeatedly asked for clarification in this regard. Once again, would please Christopher Noble provide the following:

(a) A few references which prove that the “purified HIV”, that is, the 1.16gm/ml band from which the “HIV” genome and proteins originated, contain particles in which “No apparent differences in physical appearance could be discerned” and the particles have the morphology of retroviruses.

(b) A few references with proof that: (i) the molecules used in cloning of a complete viral (“HIV”) genome originated from “HIV” particles; (ii) the “HIV” genetic sequences” originated from “HIV” particles.

(c) A few references which prove that the “HIV” antibody tests are specific. To claim proof for specificity there MUST BE at least one study and a few confirmatory studies where the antibody antigen reaction (assuming that the antigens are HIV) is compared with the present or absence of “HIV”, that is, with “HIV” isolation/purification. This study must include a statistically significant number of both patients who have AIDS as well as patients who do not have AIDS but are sick. In addition, the test must be done blind.

Competing interests:   None declared