Drs. Judy Mikovits and Frank Ruscetti continue to be part of the Lipkin study.
“I have gone to great lengths to make sure they remain involved,” Lipkin said in a telephone interview.
Labs at the Whittemore Peterson Insititute will no longer be used in the Columbia University-based study since Mikovits’s split with the institute, Lipkin said. He instead has worked with Mikovits and Ruscetti to find a lab where they would be `comfortable’ working, he said. That lab has been found and there work has resumed, he said.
“[WPI] are no longer involved because the whole point was to have Mikovits try to reproduce her work, and having someone else at the institute do so wouldn’t address the questions,” Lipkin says. “It’s critical that she do the work. She doesn’t have a lab at present, so it’s going to be done at NCI.”I really hope this will be the decisive "Yes or No" answer to the "XMRV/HGRV or Contamination" question. I trust Ian Lipkin to both be open and inquisitive while at the same time making sure the results stand up to scrutiny.