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Homeopathy confirmed by Luc Montagnier?

Luc Montagnier is a virologist who was a joint winner of the Nobel Prize in 2008 for his work on HIV as the cause of AIDS. He has now created a considerable stir by publishing research which appears to support some of the claims of homeopathy.

In outline, Montaignier says that the DNA of certain pathogenic bacteria emits an electromagnetic signal. If you dilute that DNA homeopathically so that no DNA is actually present, the water continues to emit the same signal. And if you put two vials of this homeopathically diluted substance together. the signal can move from one to the other. Only bacteria and viruses pathogenic to humans produce this signal; ordinary E. coli does not.

These claims are reminiscent of those made by the late Jacques Benveniste. He carried out research which, he believed, confirmed the reality of the homeopathic potency effect, and he later went on to say that information produced in this way could be transmitted electronically via a telephone wire.

The paper was published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences. It took only two days for publication after receipt of the paper - an astonishingly quick turnaround for a scientific journal, but explicable since the journal in question was set up by Montagnier and he is the chairman of the editorial board.

Of course,.this stuff would not have attracted the attention that it did if it had not been produced by a Nobel laureate. It therefore seems appropiate to remember the words of another member of that illustrious club, Richard Feynman.

Science alone of all the subjects contains within itself the lesson of the danger of belief in the infallibility of the greatest teachers in the preceding generation ... Learn from science that you must doubt the experts. As a matter of fact, I can also define science another way: Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.


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