NICHOLAS BENNETT'S INTERPRETATION OF RICHIERI ET AL 23 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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Re: NICHOLAS BENNETT'S INTERPRETATION OF RICHIERI ET AL

 

 

On 28 June (HIV EM and Purification) Nicholas Bennett wrote:  "Further to previous replies concerning published EMs of HIV, the best examples I have seen personally have been those in the paper:

Richieri SP et al.  Vaccine.  1998 Jan-Feb; 16(2-3):119-29 Characterisation of highly purified, inactivated HIV-1 particles isolated by anion exchange chromatography".

 

In our rapid response "One AIDS patient will suffice", 6 July, commenting on the Richieri paper we wrote:  "In the photocopy of the Richieri et al EM that we have obtained it is not possible to distinguish any particles with the morphology attributed to "HIV".  Would Nicholas Bennett please estimate what proportion of the material in the EM has morphological characteristics of retroviral particles.  Would he please arrow some of the particles in the EM which in his view are HIV and email us a scanned copy".

 

Nicholas Bennett answered on 6 July ("Re: One AIDS patient will suffice"):  "I appreciate the Perth Group's response, which has helped clarify a number of points.  With reference to the Richieri Vaccine paper, I will find another copy (my original being left in the UK) and get a scanned image with comments sent as soon as possible.  From memory however, the main image contains what I would describe as "wal-to-wall virions"."

 

Instead of providing the information he promised, on the 19 July ("Re: Where is the virus") Nicholas Bennett replied:  "In response to their earlier request for an arrowed copy of the Richieri paper, I can provide simple instructions.  Draw a circle around the figure (figure 2), in red ink preferably.  Draw an arrow pointing to the circle.  Then READ THE REST OF THE PAPER."

 

When the "HIV" experts reply to genuine scientific requests regarding "HIV" as Nicholas Bennett did, who needs "dissidents"?

 

Competing interests: None declared