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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.

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 (wcarlsen@sfchronicle.com)

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.

Commentary

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.

Scientists Toss Hooper Theory on AIDS Origin

Charleston Gazette (West Virginia), September 17, 2000, Sunday

© 2000 Charleston Newspapers

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

Mystery of AIDS Origin Remains After Scientists Discount 'Hooper'

Huntly Collins, Knight Ridder Newspapers; The Macon Telegraph, September 17, 2000

© 2000 The Macon Telegraph

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

AIDS Wars

The Economist, Vol. 356, 16 September 2000, pp. 87-88.

A meeting in London has destroyed the idea that AIDS was the accidental result of a polio-vaccination campaign conducted in the 1950s. But the disease's origins are still mysterious

New Study Disproves Polio Vaccine Theory

SCIENCE AND HEALTH NEW STUDY DISPROVES POLIO VACCINE THEORY

Joey G. Alarilla, Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 16, 2000

© 2000 Philippine Daily Inquirer

IS the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome epidemic the result of a contaminated polio vaccine? No, according to new tests debunking this theory originally posed in the late '80s, which has been revived by a book published last year.

Did the March of Progress Bring AIDS to Africa

Sydney Morning Herald, 15 September 2000; from Daily Telegraph (UK), 12? September 2000.

Matt Ridley in London says the evidence suggests that polio vaccine researchers in the 1950s unwittingly unleashed the pandemic that is ravaging Africa.

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