Monday, January 23, 2012

John Coffin on lessons learned from HIV

Dr. John Coffins on a question whether there have been lessons from the handling of HIV in the eighties:
Back in June when we first began to just hear rumors really of these studies that were coming out, one of them the prostate cancer study that was presented in a meeting in May, and then this other was beginning to bubble up a little bit, but the papers were still under review at that time. The first thing we did – I'm putting my NCI hat on for the moment – was to organize a meeting in which (which unfortunatly couldn't be public, because of the nature of the unpublished data) in which we brought everybody that we knew of that was working in the XMRV area or might just be interested in it, together for a small meeting at NCI, to discuss exactly these issues, to make sure that we would not go down that road that has have gone down with HIV, as you say to the considerable detriment of the overall research effort.

Dr. John Coffin at minute 164 of CFSAC - Day 1 (October 29, 2009)

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