Luc Montagnier was once one of Gods of Science.
Dude was head of one of the groups of scientists who ultimately discovered HIV-1 was the cause of the AIDS pandemic.
Wonderful science that amazes me– The things they could do when we didnt know anything, when they didnt have the technology that I have– Amazing.
Im not the only one– Montagnier got part of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for his part of the work.
And then… something went wrong…
As cataloged by Orac, Montagnier started pushing any number of absurd, if not blatantly anti-science agendas– from homeopathy and autism woo, to something about DNA teleportation (read: contamination of PCR) and electromagnetic fields of DNA and treatment of disease or something…
Okay, well, there are no real Gods of Science. We are all human, you take the good stuff scientists have done and toss the dumb stuff. Montagniers dumb stuff does not mean HIV-1 does not cause AIDS.
And nutters gonna nut. What can you do?
Well, Montagnier is not just any old nutter. He just got his paws on a brand new research center in Cameroon, that was desperate to find a scientific and administrative director.
So now Montagnier is not just some old nutter derping around on the internet. Hes involved with a research organization that has access to individuals that are already at risk of being victims of HIV-woo, and now he could potentially use these people as guinea pigs for his own brand of woo– God knows what this guy will try, and what the organizations advisory board will let him try, out of ignorance and desire to keep their Nobel Prize winning director.
He also plans to embark on new research, including a “key project” using his electromagnetic-wave theory to detect reservoirs of HIV in the body that persist after antiretroviral treatment.
Who even knows what that means? Sure it might be useless, but what if it causes harm? Where are the cell culture models for his ‘electromagnetic-wave theory’ in Retrovirology? Where are his animal models in Journal of Experimental Medicine? NOPE! STRAIGHT to vulnerable human populations! Thats ethical lol 😐
Thirty-five other Nobel Prize winners wrote to the president of Cameroon urging him to replace Montagnier:
The laureates argue that his embrace of theories that are far from the scientific mainstream, as well as what they claim are anti-vaccination views, risk hurting the CIRCB’s research, health-care programme and reputation. Montagnier has suggested, for example, that water can retain a ‘memory’ of pathogens that are no longer present; that the DNA sequences of pathogens emit electromagnetic waves that could be used to diagnose disease; and that stimulating the immune system with antioxidants and nutritional supplements may help people to fight off AIDS.
The last straw for Montagnier’s critics seems to have been his appearance in May alongside vaccine sceptics at a conference in Chicago, Illinois, organized by US patient-advocacy groups AutismOne and Generation Rescue. Montagnier’s talk, on his hypothesis that bacterial infections may be one of many causes of autism spectrum disorder, states: “There is in the blood of most autistic children — but not in healthy children — DNA sequences that emit, in certain conditions, electromagnetic waves.”
Montagnier deplores what he describes as “ad hominem attacks” and “plain lies”, and says that there is an “ignominious campaign” against him and his group. He says that history is full of pioneers whose ideas were at first given a chilly reception by a conservative research community. “I believe this is happening again to me, and it is very sad that it involves Nobel Prize laureates attacking a fellow laureate,” he says.
Someone elses nutty ideas are not my problem.
Someone elses nutty ideas misleading (at best) or actively harming (at worst) vulnerable populations in the name of ‘HIV Research’ is my problem.
Im glad thirty-five Nobel Prize winners stepped up to do something about it.