Re: Re: A reasonable request to the “HIV”/AIDS experts 24 April 2004
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Murali Mohan,
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Bangalore,India

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Re: Re: Re: A reasonable request to the “HIV”/AIDS experts

The Perth group asked a simple question.If Montagnier and Gallo ,by their own admission, can not be credited with the discovery of HIV, then who gets the credit? ( BMJ,"A reasonable request to the “HIV”/AIDS experts", 20th April 2004)

On 21st April 2004,Brian Foley wrote, "The Perth Group would like to know the name of one or two individuals who might be credited as being "the" discoverer(s) of HIV-1. It is my opinion that such credit can never go to any one individual or even a small group of individuals. There was a great deal of background work carried out between 1981 and 1983 which was critical for determining that AIDS (or GRID or whatever else it may have been referred to) was infectious, transmissible by heterosexual and homosexual intercourse but not by casual contact or insect vectors, able to pass through filters"

Is Brian Foley a dissident or denialist in disguise? His rapid response seems to do more harm than good to the cause he is supporting. All of us thought , until now at-least, that Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo are considered to be the co-discoverers of HIV. But now Foley declares that "such credit can never go to any one individual or even a small group of individuals" and goes on to provide as many as 23 references to prove his point. Do I , and others , now take it that Montagnier and Gallo should NOT be credited as the co-discoverers of HIV?

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