- Our office has been flooded with requests
for information regarding the Gao, Bailes et al., letter published in Nature
entitled "Origin of HIV-1 in the chimpanzee Pan troglodytes troglodytes."1
In short, there is nothing in this publication that undermines the man-made
theory on the origin of AIDS advanced by Horowitz and colleagues in previous
works including the book Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola-Nature, Accident
or Intentional? 2. Quite the contrary. This new Nature report further supports
the man-made theory, while the media hoopla surrounding this article is
ludicrous, self incriminating, and even pathoneumonic of a "conspiracy"
of the mainstream media, in particular Associated Press, to deceive the
- To summarize the Nature report, Gao,
Bailes et al. were unable to isolate a virus from "Marilyn,"
a chimpanzee that, according to the Associated Press3 and the Weiss and
Wragham report in the same issue, came to the United States Air Force primate
center in New Mexico like most other African primate infants-free of sexually
transmitted viruses.4 What they found, according to their letter, were
two DNA fragments from two of the six AIDS virus (HIV-1) related genes-pieces
they genetically "amplified" to engineer "four overlapping
subgenomic fragments that together comprised a complete pro viral genome,"
which they termed SIVcpzUS (simian immunodeficiency virus from the chimpanzee,
U.S. strain). They rightly noted this provided merely "potential coding
regions," of one HIV and SIVcpz related to only one of the six HIV-linked
genes-the vpu . This was clearly not the discovery of HIV, or anything
closer to what had been previously found in chimpanzees that determined
the origin of AIDS.
- As Weiss and Wragham noted,4 infant chimpanzees
exported from Africa to America, or elsewhere, were almost always free
of sexually transmitted diseases and related viral infections including
that of SIVcpz and HIV-1. Shipped to the U.S. in 1960, and following a
quarter century of service to U. S. military biomedical researchers, Marilyn
died in 1985. According to Gao, Bailes et al., "she had never been
used in AIDS research and had not received human blood products after 1969."
An important question is "What had Marilyn been exposed to during
the 1960s that related to the amplified genetic sequences reported by Gao,
Bailes et al?"
- "AIDS research" began in the
1980s. Before then it was called "GRID research." Before that
it was called "retrovirus research," and prior to that, during
the 1960s, it was called "type-C-cancer virus research" involving
the unique AIDS and leukemia virus linked enzyme commonly known today as
"reverse transcriptase" found in monkey foamy retroviruses (mentioned
by Weiss and Wragham4) that commonly contaminated laboratory primates as
well as vaccines such as the polio and hepatitis B vaccines derived partly
by incubating these active viral agents in monkey kidney tissues.
- Weiss and Wrangham reported that, "By
1996, 198 chimpanzees had been experimentally infected with HIV in six
of the major research institutions in the United States. . ." They
stated that "cross-species transmission of primate retroviruses to
humans through hunting or husbandry [cross breeding] probably occurs relatively
frequently, although -- thankfully -- the subsequent epidemic spread in
the human population is a much rarer event."
- More relevant information for these investigators
to research and report would have been the number of chimpanzees who had
been experimentally infected with foamy retroviruses and type-C-cancer
viruses during the 1960s, and related viruses during the early 1970s in
the United States-data likely unavailable.
- Moreover, if Marilyn "had not received
human blood products after 1969," had she been exposed to human blood
products between 1962 and 1969 when military funded blood and vaccine research
involving chimpanzee and human primates was peaking?
- Thus, a major limitation of the Gao,
Bailes et al. study, as Weiss and Wrangham wrote, is that chimpanzees "are
best studied in the place where the host-virus systems evolved," that
is, in the wilds of Africa as opposed to post mortum specimens exhumed
from the U.S. military laboratory creatures including Marilyn. Unfortunately,
Gao, Bailes et al. extrapolated genetic sequencing data that, according
to Weiss and Wrangham, "simply do not pertain [to chimpanzees] in
captivity, where experimenters cannot know how virus strains match to genetic
- Given these obvious limitations to the
Gao, Bailes et al. letter, and subsequent mass mediated interpretations,
from whence did allegations come that these findings "put to rest"
the "conspiracy theory" that AIDS developed from military laboratory
experiments? Apparently, the Associated Press. According to this largest
American news service, on February 1, 1999-a full four days before the
publication of the Nature article-Daniel Q. Haney quoted the University
of Colorado's Dr. Constance Benson as saying, "This is absolutely
evidence to put (conspiracy theories) to rest."
- This obviously unscientific conclusion
expressed, at best, Dr. Benson's blind bias that echoed a similar scatoma
suffered by Dr. David Ho of the Rockefeller University, Aaron Diamond
Research Center, exactly one year ago when Nature published the Zhu, Korber,
and Ho report entitled "An African HIV-1 sequence from 1959 and implications
for the origin of the epidemic."5 Though Dr. Horowitz's rebuttal paper
to this report was submitted to Nature, it was not accepted for publication
(surprise, surprise). It was subsequently posted on the Internet (access
the FTP file available through the research section of http://www.Tetrahedron.org).
This response also identified several limitations to the Ho study that
was reported in the press as having discovered an AIDS virus dating back
to the 1950s. Like Dr. Benson now, Dr. Ho then alleged to the press that
his group's finding should "put to rest" AIDS conspiracy theories
once and for all. Apparently it failed to fulfill this objective. Now we
have a fresh attempt with the Gao, Bailes et al. article. Will we have
an additional futile effort in February, 2000?
- Highlighting this transparent propagandist
initiative is the avoidance of any mention of the sacred cow of modern
medicine-vaccines. Senior investigator and co-author of the Gao, Bailes,
et al report from the University of Alabama, Beatrice H. Hahn told CNN
that their study brought new hope for the development of a successful AIDS
vaccine. This was ironic in light of the fact that contaminated chimpanzees
were used to produce the 1974 experimental hepatitis B vaccine given to
New York's gay men and Central African villagers-the Merck pharmaceutical
company vaccine that, based on the epidemiology, U.S. Government documentation,
and mounting science, most plausibly initiated the international AIDS pandemic.
This is meticulously documented in the literature reviewed in Dr. Horowitz's
best-selling hardcover, Emerging Viruses: AIDS & Ebola-Nature, Accident
or Intentional? sales of which are exploding in the wake of inane media
announcements such as these.
- You can only fool intelligent people
for so long. Our take on this new round of transparent propaganda alleging
a natural evolution of the AIDS virus from wild African chimpanzees is
that it is a desperate attempt to further obscure the scientific evidence
and incriminating facts. Now that thousands of grassroots activists-truth
seekers and tellers-are successfully alerting millions more regarding the
works by Drs. Horowitz, Strecker, Cantwell, and others, spin doctors need
to work overtime. Their periodic propaganda can only distract and confuse
people for so long. Millions now realize that AIDS, as well as other immune
system related disorders including chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lupus,
multiple sclerosis and many more neurologic injuries including autism,
attention deficit, and hyperactivity disorders in our children, along with
several unique contemporary cancer epidemics including lymphomas, leukemias
and sarcomas, are largely vaccine induced injuries.
- These activities are indeed befitting
Machievellian practice-create the problems and then the solutions. They
also represent an abhorrent conflict of interest: as military-medical-pharmaceutical
industrialists, including Rockefeller subsidiaries and Merck, Sharp and
Dohme, churn out contaminated and lethal vaccines, they then reap vast
fortunes from humanity's suffering. Even worse, as people die from the
array of new man-made epidemics, your family and friends included, these
principle depopulation funding sources-the Rockefeller Foundation and the
Merck Fund, both linked by association to Dr. David Ho, and other institutions
cited in the Gao, Bailes et al. report-heartily approve.
- In conclusion, we, like Drs. Ho, Hahn,
the Associated Press, and Nature, highly recommend vaccination for those
who can't conceive of the AIDS virus/vaccine "conspiracy." The
world, according to these sources simply needs less people-particularly
- Tetrahedron staff
- 1. Gao F, Bailes E, Robertson DL, et
al., Origin of HIV-1 in the chimpanzee Pan troglodytes troglodytes (letter).
Nature , (February 4) 1999; 397: 436-441.
- 2. Horowitz LG and Martin WJ. Emerging
Viruses: AIDS & Ebola-Nature, Accident or Intentional? Rockport, Massachusetts:
Tetrahedron Publishing Group, 1998.
- 3. Haney DQ. Mystery solved: The AIDS
virus came from chimps-Evidence shows humans caught AIDS from chimps; Virus
may have first infected humans 50 years ago. Associated Press, Chicago,
February 1, 1999, from the Internet)
- 4. Weiss RA and Wrangham RW. From Pan
to pandemic. Nature 1999; 397:385-386.
- 5. Zhu t, Korber BT, Nahmias AJ, Hooper
E, Sharp PM and Ho DD. An African HIV-1 sequence from 1959 and implications
for the origin of the epidemic. Nature 1998; 391:594-597.
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