The apparently concerted effort to deny patients an answer or treatment for our disease continues. Science Magazine published two negative papers today, along with an Editoral Expression of Concern, or EEC. Dr. Mikovits was informed on Friday, before Memorial Day weekend, though the second of the two papers was accepted for publication on May 15. The co-authors of Lombardi et al have unanimously refused to retract.
The timing of the EEC seems “premature”, to put it mildly, with Dr. Lipkin’s and Dr. Maldarelli’s findings still pending. There is nothing new in either paper that should have precipitated this.
I receive many questions about why Dr. Peterson is no longer working with the WPI, which I have generally tried not to answer, because I wasn’t there. But, as of today, I think it safe to say that not only is he not working with us, the people he is collaborating with seem intent on destroying the institute that bears his name. I am in the middle of it, and it is unfathomable to me. I have never met Dr. Peterson, but here is my best guess, as the one following in the wake of this attempt to destroy the institute. It has to be all about intellectual property, and revenge. Nothing else makes sense. Why would he provide already tested specimens to Konstance Knox, who has a vendetta against the WPI? Knox worked as a consultant for VIP Dx and left under “difficult circumstances” related to her business practices. Science should have been aware of this history and made a serious inquiry of it. They were alerted to it, but proceeded to publish this morning anyway.
Taking the sordid details out of it, the Knox paper is yet another entirely negative paper where they proved they couldn’t find it in anyone. Again, there was no real attempt to replicate Lombardi et al, only the innuendo that it was somehow disproved by this paper, by virtue of it being Peterson who provided the specimens. How could Science, a premier journal, publish such shoddy work, sloppier than the Singh paper, though with the same logical fallacy? It can’t be both a contaminant and not there at the same time. Which is it? The totality of the evidence says neither. Why is no one asking the real question? How is it that VIP Dx finds approximately 4 out of 10 patients positive, not zero and not 100%? How do you explain contaminating only some of the specimens in the same run?
And why do all of these scientists feel compelled to practice medicine without licenses? When Konstance Knox gets sick from the infectious contaminants in her lab, shall the doctors remind her that she said to the press that patients shouldn’t have the right to try antiretroviral drugs for the viruses that she is too incompetent to find (or wasn’t really trying to find in the first place)?
Why would scientists who know better reach obviously incorrect conclusions about their own work? Why would anyone want to make XMRV go away, when there’s so much smoke? The money involved is enormous. Did anyone notice that a few of the co-authors on the Knox paper work for Abbott Diagnostics? Do you think Abbott would like to own The Test?
It may be that the sequence diversity from patient to patient is too large to detect by PCR for a particular strain of HGRV (human gamma retrovirus). Replication competence probably involves recombination events. It may be that it isn’t even a few viruses, but many. PCR only finds what it’s looking for. It is going to require rapid deep sequencing. The science is up to that technology, but it is still too expensive to use on the likes of us. They’ve sequenced the entire mitochondrial genome of a Neanderthal. When will they take a look at ours?
So if they make it go away, they can rediscover it later, with enough sequence variation to call it something else. And while the vultures fight over the carrion, new babies are born with it, teenagers are collapsing with an incurable illness and old people are dying prematurely, after decades of relentless suffering without help. Today is 600 days since Lombardi et al was published. It is shameful. Please express your outrage to Science.