A question to Brian Foley 13 January 2005
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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: A question to Brian Foley

A question to Brian Foley

In his Rapid Response “HIV-1 does not encode a glutathione peroxidase”, January 11th, Brian Foley wrote: “I don't quite understand why the very same "dissidents" who claim that HIV might not exist, are willing to accept that HIV causes AIDS as long as it does so by a "controversial" mechanism”.

Throughout this debate Brian Foley has claimed that "the HIV-1 infectious molecular clone" proves the existence of HIV. There is no need for any other evidence including EM evidence for purification. We have repeatedly asked him to give us evidence for the existence of "the HIV-1 infectious molecular clone" according to his definition. Which is: "The clone must produce virus particles that are identical by serology, morphology, protein sequences, RFLP, Southern blotting, etc. to the parental virus, and the particles must also be infectious. If a cloned viral genome does not meet these criteria, it is not an INFECTIOUS molecular clone of the virus, be it HIV-1 or any other virus". (emphasis in original).

Brian Foley has never produced such evidence. Which means he has never provided any proof that “HIV” DNA or RNA is in any way related to a putative retrovirus. However, perhaps he can tell us who are the dissidents “who claim that HIV might not exist, [but] are willing to accept that HIV causes AIDS as long as it does so by a "controversial" mechanism””.

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