Re: Nicholas Bennett and Montagnier's RT Activity 9 September 2004
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Nicholas Bennett,
Infectious Disease Postdoc/Clinician
Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital, Syracuse NY

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Re: Re: Nicholas Bennett and Montagnier's RT Activity

I will also hammer home one more point:

The Perth Group say that:"It is impossible to say that the polymerase in the "growth medium" or in the material banding at 1.16gm/ml which catalyses reverse transcription of A(n).dT15 is RT or one of a number of other cellular DNA polymerases."

This is blatantly untrue. As Montanier and others have said (their papers I know are in the Perth Group archives, since I found them from their own reference lists) retroviral RT can be distinguished based on its PREFERENCE for 5mM Mg2+ and pH 7.8. Montagnier was aware of this and performed the appropriate controls!

But once again we're back to relative amounts, and of course the Perth Group have problems with that.

Competing interests: None declared