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Unformatted text preview: 24 DECEMBER 2010 VOL 330 SCIENCE 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-...
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