When Science Journals are Scarier than Science Fiction

“My choice for the scariest reading of the year was recently published in the journal Cancer Biology and Therapy and has the unwieldly title of Frequent Detection of Infectious Xenotropic Leukemia Virus (XMLV) in Human Cultures Established from Mouse Xenografts.

Artikkelen “When Science Journals are Scarier than Science Fiction” Skrevet av Kent Heckenlively, Esq. Står på trykk på nettsiden til Age of Autism 16 juli 2011.

Jada det er faktisk ikke vanskelig å være enig at vitenskapelige publikasjoner og når det settes i sammenheng virkelig er bekymringsfulle og skremmende. At folk reagerer sier jeg lite på. At folk ønsker at sannheten kommer på bordet er heller ikke vanskelig å forstå – selv om vi ikke alltid liker det vi hører. Sånn sett er tittelen på artikkelen av Kent passende for anledningen.

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In layman’s terms the question they were asking was, «when we do xenografting with mouse biological products how often do we get XMLVs popping up in our samples?»

The answer they found is that six out of twenty three (26%) mouse DNA free xenografts «were strongly positive for MLV and their sequences had greater than 99% homology to known MLV strains.»  These samples were obtained from seven independent laboratories.

Further on the authors wrote, «Of the 78 non-xenograft derived cell lines maintained in the xenograft culture containing facilities, 13 (17%) were positive for MLV, including XMRV, a virus strain first identified in human tissues.»  (My daughter with autism has tested positive for XMRV.)  In scientific terms this is an absolute train wreck.

This means that every surgical patient receiving any biological product which used mouse tissue in any way has a one in four chance of being exposed to an XMLV.  And that also means that any biological sample which is maintained in a facility containing xenograft cultures has a 17% chance of becoming infected.

On the question of vaccines, let’s just say that only 10% of the nearly 40 vaccines children are expected to receive prior to the age of five contain mouse biological products.  This translates into roughly a 100% chance that our current generation of children will be exposed to an XMLV through a vaccination.

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