The Politics of a Scientific Meeting

The Politics of a Scientific Meeting: The Origin-of-AIDS Debate at the Royal Society by Brian Martin, from Politics and the Life Sciences 20 (2) 119-130 (September 2005).

A note of explanation about the late publication of this article

The official date on the published version of this article is September 2001, and yet it was actually published four years after that, in late 2005.

Robin Weiss, Professor of Virology, Doctor of Spin

14 January, 2004; updated 13 February, 2004; posted 26 February, 2004.

In his concluding speech at the Lincei conference of September 2001, later published under the title "Emerging Persistent Infections: Family Heirlooms and New Acquisitions" [Weiss, 2003], Professor Robin Weiss devoted a section to the origins of AIDS debate.

Comments on the Lincei Conference

An important conference, albeit one that was virtually ignored by all but the Italian media.

Truth and Science: Bill Hamilton's Legacy

Maria Luisa Bozzi, “Truth and science: Bill Hamilton’s legacy”, Atti dei Convegni Lincei; 2003; 187; 21-26. This is part of the proceedings of the round table conference on "Origin of HIV and Emerging Persistent Viruses", Rome, 28-29 September 2001.

Dephlogistication, Imperial Display, Apes, Angels, and the Return of Monsieur Émile Zola

The paper presented by Edward Hooper at the 2001 Lincei Conference, published in Atti dei Convegni Lincei; 2003; 187; 27-230.

This major essay, based on the speech Ed Hooper gave at the National Academy of Lincei, in Rome, in September 2001, was originally prepared for publication in the house journal, Atti dei Convegni Lincei. It is over 200 pages long, and represents Hooper's major published response to the web of disinformation and misleading claims that certain members of the scientific community have created in response to "The River", and in the wake of the Royal Society meeting on "Origins of HIV and the AIDS epidemic". Hooper suggests that this essay represents useful base-line reading for any visitors to this site who are seriously interested in the question of how the AIDS pandemic began.

Recombination and Phylogenetic Analysis of HIV-1

Recombination and Phylogenetic Analysis of HIV-1 (pdf, 837k)

Paper by Mikkel Schierup and Roald Forsberg from the Lincei Conference.

Papers Presented at the Royal Society Meeting

Published in Philosophical Transactions: Biological Sciences

29 June 2001, Volume 356, Issue 1410, Royal Society

Position Paper on the Origins of HIV/AIDS Debate

Position paper to coincide with the publication of the proceedings of the Royal Society conference on "The Origins of HIV and the AIDS Epidemic"

Edward Hooper 14 June, 2001

Key Points

Professor Robin Weiss, one of the organisers of the Royal Society conference on the origins of HIV and AIDS, recently declared the oral polio vaccine (OPV) theory of origin dead. "Some beautiful facts have destroyed an ugly theory", he wrote.

Quest For The Origin Of Aids

William Carlsen, Chronicle staff writer (

San Francisco Chronicle, Sunday, 14 January 2001, pp. A1, A14-A15

(First of a two-part series)

The longer Edward Hooper studied the maps, the more he believed he had solved one of the great mysteries of modern medicine.

State of Debate on the Origins of AIDS

Backgrounder on the origins of AIDS debate, following the Royal Society meeting of September 2000 and its aftermath. (Originally written in recognition of World AIDS Day, December 2000, and updated on June 14, 2001.)

It is now twenty years since the new condition of AIDS was first recognised and reported in a medical journal (by two Los Angeles doctors), and World AIDS Day 2000 sees a tragic situation. According to the World Health Organization, over 60 million people have been infected with HIV since the start of the pandemic, of whom nearly 24 million have died.

Inaccuracies and Errors in Press Statements

Inaccuracies and errors in press statements released by doctors Stanley Plotkin and Hilary Koprowski at the Royal Society meeting on "The Origins of HIV and the AIDS Epidemic", on September 11, 2000

Edward Hooper. December 5, 2000.
Slightly updated and revised on June 14, 2001.

Like many other speakers at the Royal Society conference on "The Origins of HIV and the AIDS Epidemic" (myself included) doctors Plotkin and Koprowski later revised their oral presentations for the published proceedings, which are about to appear as Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London, B; 2001; Volume 356, pp. 778-977.

Comments on the Papers by Stanley Plotkin and Hilary Koprowski

Comments on the papers by Stanley Plotkin and Hilary Koprowski presented at the Royal Society meeting on "Origins of HIV and the AIDS Epidemic" in September 2000

Edward Hooper, Somerset, U.K. October 15, 2000

All three papers presented by doctors Plotkin and Koprowski at this conference were characterised by inaccuracies, errors and obfuscation.


Koprowski (1992): "There is no vaccine stored at the Wistar Institute"

Commentary by Billi Goldberg, 11 October 2000

At the 11-12 September 2000 Royal Society meeting on the "Origins of HIV and the AIDS Epidemic," much "hue and cry" was made concerning the test results of the "so-called" Wistar polio vaccine samples used in the African Congo mass immunizations in the late 1950s.

Africa News

Paul Redfern, The East African (Nairobi), September 21, 2000

© 2000 AllAfrica, Inc

Nairobi - The Two sides in the increasingly bitter row over the origin of Aids appeared to be as far apart as ever following a conference on September 11 at the Royal Society in London.

Mystery of AIDS Origin Remains

Mystery of AIDS origin remains after scientists discount 'Hooper'

By Huntly Collins, The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 17, 2000

© 2000 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service

LONDON _ Until last year, the name Edward Hooper would have registered with virtually no one in the field of AIDS research.


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