What is Christopher Noble’s method for proving the existence of a new retrovirus? 6 July 2004
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Eleni Papadopulos-Eleopulos,
Biophysicist
Department of Medical Physics, Royal Perth Hospital, Western Australia, 6001,
Valendar F Turner, John Papadimitriou, Barry Page, David Causer, Helman Alfonso, Sam Mhlongo, Todd Miller, Christian Fiala

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What is Christopher Noble’s method for proving the existence of a new retrovirus?

In his rapid response July 2nd Christopher Noble wrote yet again: “The Perth Group have for many years been putting forward a set of rules as being the minimum requirements for proving the existence of a retrovirus”.

As we have repeatedly said over the course of this debate, the Perth Group did not invent such “rules”. However, we did draw attention to some steps necessary to prove purification and characterisation of retroviruses discussed at the Pasteur Institute over 30 years ago.1 These steps have been paraphrased in Continuum.2 If Christopher Noble thinks these steps are not necessary then would he please tell us what method he would use to prove the existence of a new retrovirus and characterise its proteins and genome.

References

1. Toplin I. Tumor Virus Purification using Zonal Rotors. Spectra 1973;225-235.

2. Missing Virus: The Jody Wells Memorial Prize. Continuum 1995;3:4.

Competing interests: None declared