Science-2010-Nobel&Homeopathy

Science-2010-Nobel&Homeopathy - 24 DECEMBER 2010...

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: 24 DECEMBER 2010 VOL 330 SCIENCE www.sciencemag.org 1732 NEWS OF THE WEEK CREDIT: NEWSCOM PARIS Virologist and Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier announced earlier this month that, at age 78, he will take on the leader- ship of a new research institute at Jiaotong University in Shanghai. What has shocked many scientists, however, isnt Montagniers departure from France but what he plans to study in China: electromagnetic waves that Montagnier says emanate from the highly diluted DNA of various pathogens. Montagnier, who won a 2008 Nobel Prize for his discovery of HIV, claims that those signalswhich he described in two little-noticed papers in 2009can reveal the bacterial or viral origins of many conditions, including autism and Alzheim- ers disease. The work could sug- gest novel therapies, he says. But Montagniers new direc- tion evokes one of the most notorious affairs in French sci- ence: the water memory study by immunologist Jacques Benveniste. Benveniste, who died in 2004, claimed in a 1988 Nature paper that IgE antibodies have an effect on a certain cell type even after being diluted by a factor of 10 120 . His claim was interpreted by many as evidence for homeo pathy, which uses extreme dilutions that most sci- entists say cant possibly have a biological effect. After a weeklong investi- gation at Benvenistes lab, Nature called the paper a delusion. Science talked to Montagnier, who is founder and president of the World Foun-...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 04/14/2011 for the course PHIL 313 taught by Professor Ericdietrich during the Spring '11 term at Binghamton University.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online