I consider your hypothesis about aneuploidy/cancer fascinating for its heuristic value -- aneusomies, their chaotic evolution, and the presence of attractors. Why not study this on a methodical basis, developing automation for the karyotyping of different forms of malignant cells in a given tumor and in different tumors. Maybe like your friend Dr. Bialy wrote, "the onco-chromosome will come to replace the onco-gene in the journals and popular press".
But I am writing you now to ask whether you are aware of this recent episode that was in the news.
In the main city hospital in Florence, here in Italy, three patients were transplanted with organs from a deceased woman who turned out to be seropositive for HIV. It is in all the newspapers now that the transplanted patients will contract AIDS.
What struck me most is that today it was announced the arrival in Italy of a big task-force of international virologists to follow the three patients. Like the Italian virologists cannot do by themselves and absolutely need the help of (quoting from an Italian news agency) "Tony Fauci e Paul Wolberding (il primo, direttore del NIAID presso l'NIH, National Institute of Health di Bethesda, nella periferia di Washington; il secondo, uno dei massimi esperti nella terapia antiretrovirale) e lo spagnolo Joan Mirò direttore del programma spagnolo sull'Hiv.".
The way I have read this (but it may be only me) is that they have to start the AZT therapy as soon as possible to make sure the three subjects develop symptoms of the syndrome and get really ill, under official supervision.
Did you hear about this story?
Università di Pavia
Dipartimento di Biochimica
Sezione di Scienze
via Bassi, 21
Dear Giampaolo Minetti,
Thanks for your kind letter.
Are Fauci and Volberding really coming to Firenze with bags of AZT? The same doctors who have failed in over 23 years to cure one single AIDS patient with over $100 billions research dollars in the US!
Why would they want to converge on those poor transplant patients in Florence, rather than curing their thousands of AIDS patients at home? Is nobody in Florence wondering about their track records in curing AIDS patients? I understand that the woman died of a brain hemorrhage. Is this a new AIDS disease?
I attach "The chemical bases of the various AIDS epidemics ..." (D, K & R, J Biosci. 2003) and suggest that you have a look at several relevant new additions at duesberg.com as a first line of defense against the traveling chain-terminators from the USofA!
More about cancer later.
Peter Duesberg is a professor in the department of molecular and cell biology at the University of California (Berkeley), and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.