For those who missed it, a prominent retrovirologist
, Judy Mikovits, published a very informative article on XMRV in the October 2009 issue of Science.
As a career retrovirologist
and advisor to the scientists at Tocagen, I am pleased to see the progress they have achieved with their retroviral replicating vector technology, and I look forward to seeing how this approach translates in humans with advanced cancer.
Alerted to the numerous shortcomings of the official retroviral hypothesis by eminent retrovirologist
Peter Duesberg, (4,5) a group of AIDS "Rethinkers," founded by molecular biologist Charles Thomas in 1991, called for the "Scientific Reappraisal of the HIV/AIDS Hypothesis" in 1996.
Dr Andrea Savarino, a retrovirologist
at the Italian National Institute of Health certainly hopes so.
That same Greek myth, for whom Camus is the modern bard, is alluded to two other times by Shilts - flippantly, in reference to AIDS victim Gary Walsh's "Sisyphean task" (411) of renovating his Castro District apartment and, more portentously, in reference to the "Sisyphean struggle" (482) against AIDS directed by Donald Francis, a leading retrovirologist
at the Centers for Disease Control.
Francis and Nowinski, a Seattle-based retrovirologist
and entrepreneur, led the spin-off of the Genentech HIV vaccine effort, forming VaxGen to concentrate on further development of AIDSVAX.
In the same year, some of the best known retrovirologists
noted that no one had presented proof for isolation of a unique retrovirus, HIV.
Both studies caused a controversy among retrovirologists
, most of whom regard HIV as the sole agent responsible for AIDS (SN: 6/30/90, p.
Robert Nowinski, its Chairman -- both retrovirologists
with extensive backgrounds in HIV research.