We repeat our request: What is Christopher Noble’s method of proving the existence of a new retrovirus? 9 July 2004
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Eleni Papdopulos-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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Re: We repeat our request: What is Christopher Noble’s method of proving the existence of a new retrovirus?

In many Rapid Responses including his latest ("Paraphrasing or Inventing", July 7th), Christopher Noble accuses us of “inventing straw- man criteria to argue against the existence of HIV”. However, he has not responded to our request: “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”.

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