The very first sign Judy Mikovits was not just a little ‘off-her-rocker’ kook-coo, but full on ‘off-the-rocker-set-it-on-fire-and-dancing-around-the-flames-nude-while-using-feces-as-war-paint’ kook-coo, was this comment she made about XMRV, vaccines, and autism, before her shit paper was even published:
“On that note, if I might speculate a little bit,” she said, “This might even explain why vaccines would lead to autism in some children, because these viruses live and divide and grow in lymphocytes — the immune response cells, the B and the T cells. So when you give a vaccine, you send your B and T cells in your immune system into overdrive. That’s its job. Well, if you are harboring one virus, and you replicate it a whole bunch, you’ve now broken the balance between the immune response and the virus. So you have had the underlying virus, and then amplified it with that vaccine, and then set off the disease, such that your immune system could no longer control other infections, and created an immune deficiency.”
That wasnt just an ill-planned, ill-advised, regretted remark (that flies in the face of several fields of basic science). She genuinely believed her ‘logic’ there. Mikovits went on to share a stage with anti-vax assholes like Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy at an AutismOne conference.
Of course, the anti-vax crowd ate up whatever Mikovits was serving. The Usual Suspects weaved XMRV into their anti-vax narrative, and real autism advocates now had to deal with *that* crap.
And of course, the Usual Suspects acted with absolutely no data of any kind shown in any capacity to actual scientists. Just all this unpublished SUPER SECRET (apparently) data Mikovits had, but for some reason was uninterested in sharing with the scientific community. XMRV–>Autism is an internet meme that got out of control and breached into the real world, gaining the capability to actually hurt children.
Well, apparently its the responsibility of the retroviral community to clean up the messes Judy Mikovits makes, because she is too stupid and/or lazy and/or evil to take responsibility for her own behavior:
There is no XMRV/MLV or ‘HGRV’ (not an actual real phrase real scientists use) in vaccines.
Please, everyone, pick your chins up off the ground. I know you all are *shocked*, but try to compose yourselves, here.
But dont fret! Mikovits never actually said XMRV was in vaccines. She just said that if you were already infected with XMRV (how? I dunno. lets say aliens. makes about as much sense as anything else that comes out of that damned womans mouth), getting a vaccine homologous recombinaltion tinikers with your DNA and you get autism (or whatever). See, its not the XMRV in vaccines that causes autism– its XMRV PLUS vaccines that causes autism! Somehow!
Maybe the retroviral community can waste MORE money on this bullshit by infecting some macaques with XMRV (lets try 5 gallons of it this time!) and then give them an MMR shot. Wait for the macaques to dislike large crowds of macaques and get obsessed with stars and constellations. Im sure Bob Silverman is up for needlessly sacrificing a few more non-human primates (in for a penny, in for a pound, amirite?).