A couple of weeks ago a remarkable event in science took place, which may well bode the beginning of the end for those who maintain AIDS science in a state of exemption from any reexamination from within science or without.
Peter Duesberg was invited to speak at the NIH on his new work on cancer, which promises to replace what many scientists view as an entirely sterile dead end after twenty five years of lavish spending on the theory of oncogenes.
Political manoevring to head off the threat that Duesberg’s star may be rising into the heavens again can be expected by those with a stake in both current cancer theory and in current AIDS theory.
For the speaking invitation marks a breakthrough in re-acceptance for Duesberg, a scientist who not only trashed the whole reasoning and evidence behind the HIV-AIDS theory as early as 1987, but who had earlier renounced the theory of oncogenes, ie individual genes for individual cancers, a field of study he had himself inadvertently turned into a fasionable pork barrel for scientists by making the first discovery of an actual oncogene himself.
On his way to a Nobel for that discovery as the field burgeoned into one of the best funded fields of research in the eighties and nineties, Duesberg showed his mettle, his public spirit and his integrity by deciding that his discovery was to some extent a lab artefact and the theory that the individual mutation of particular genes found in every cell in the body was responsible for particular cancers â€”breast, prostate etc â€”in particular parts of the body didn’t make any sense, and saying so publicly, to the dismay, chagrin, alarm and enmity of the passengers in the bandwagon already rolling past any possibility of recall, just like HIV and AIDS.
Result: No oncogene Nobel, which went to others with feebler brains, spirits and achievements. Now, having identified and demonstrated a far more promising route to explaining and curing cancer in aneuploidy (the huge multiplication of chromosomesâ€”up to double the normal numberâ€”in all precancerous cells) , Duesberg is suddenly in his sixties the golden boy all over again, finally being invited inside the thick walls of the scientific research castle of the NIH from whose creaking doors he was expelled many years ago and from whose parapets he has had manure catapulted at him ever since, though mostly from the tower labeled AIDS.
This sudden restoration to a high place in science with a theory widely admired by the heavies in all major institutions from the Karolinska to the NIH, some of whom are already trying to steal the credit and erase Duesberg’s watershed contribution in leading down this avenue of research, opens up a possibility that has the AIDS -HIV gang (if such a deprecating word can be fairly used about scientists occupying leading roles in the field equivalent to beribboned generals of the war against HIV) quaking in its military boots.
For a scientist of Duesberg’s calibre restored to his deserved stature as a pioneer whose own science has never been questioned, and who may now have started a whole field for the third time in his rollercoaster career, is likely to be a man not so easily dismissed as before as a “maverick”. Like a Nobel prize winnerâ€”which it is not impossible that Duesberg may yet be if his research provides the kind of breakthrough against cancer it promisesâ€”his view will be taken very seriously again, and that may mean that HIV=AIDS leaders may not be able to evade as easily as before a serious attempt by outsiders to resolve the twenty year failure of their science to provide a meaningful preventive or cure or even convincing scientific explanation let alone proof of their claim that HIV is causing any problem of any kind at all to human beings anywhere, except as a result of their ill concieved notions.