NOBEL PRIZES for HIV and HPV
Posted by Henry Bauer on 2008/10/06
Prediction: This will be among the Nobel Prizes that the Nobel Committee will regret having awarded: for discovering a virus that has yet to be isolated, and for another that is claimed to cause a small percentage of cases of cervical cancer but is a boon for vaccine hawkers [CDC MONGERS FEAR AND HAWKS DEADLY VACCINE, 13 March 2008]. This news item failed to mention, though, that “efforts to develop a vaccine against the virus” have been unsuccessful despite more than two decades of efforts.
HIV skeptics will certainly agree with the Nobel Committee, however, that if HIV was discovered, it was in Montagnier’s lab and not in Gallo’s.
“AIDS, cancer scientists scoop medicine Nobel — (CNN) — Two Frenchmen and a German won the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for their discoveries of viruses that cause HIV and cervical cancer, the organization’s Web site said Monday. Luc Montagnier will split the $1.4 million prize with two others. Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier of France were honored “for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus.” The pair are recognized as the discoverers in 1983 of the virus that can expose people to AIDS. Both have been involved in breakthroughs in screening for HIV and efforts to develop a vaccine against the virus.
Harald zur Hausen of Germany was cited “for his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer” in women. The Nobel Laureates in medicine will receive their awards in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10. They will split the the $1.4 million prize.
The awards’ Swedish founder, dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel, created the prizes in the categories of medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace. Another award is made for economics. The prizes include the money and an invitation to the prize ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death in 1896. The winner of most of prestigious of the awards, the Peace prize is expected to be announced on Friday. Last year former U.S. Vice President Al Gore shared the honor with the United Nations for raising climate change awareness. ‘