Re: Can Bennett isolate 'HIV' via de Harven's methodology? 7 February 2005
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Nicholas Bennett,
Infectious Disease Postdoc/Clinician
Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital, Syracuse NY

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Re: Re: Can Bennett isolate 'HIV' via de Harven's methodology?

I'm amused to read Mr Russell state that:

"De Harvenís standardised isolation methodology works for all viruses if they are present at a titre high enough to cause disease."

Can he please give citations where the De Harven method of peripheral blood isolation of simple retroviruses was used to prove infection with the following viruses:

Influenza, Rabies, Epstein Barr Virus, Human papilloma virus and Adenovirus. Since these are such important and/or common human pathogens one would naturally expect such a procedure to have been performed.

Unless, of course, the statement made was entirely incorrect.

Nick Bennett njb35@cantab.net

Competing interests: None declared