Thursday, March 1, 2012

Speculation (2)

Judy was a lad in Francis' lab. Francis' worked in Bob's lab. Francis had stories how he and Bob were finding viruses. Francis helped finding I, and there were stories how Bob suspected I in A the year before H was found (named L back then), and then "found" III after Luc had found L. In one of these stories (which Judy probably heard over and over), there was one moment were, it might have been Francis, or it might have been Bob, when he "knew" that there was a virus, he just didn't knew what virus. Some marker, something off in some lab results.

So Judy makes up something – unknown to Francis. Some markers or something off. Francis looks at it and says: "Gee, that must be a G virus." Both say: "Well, we won't find it that fast, but we can lay claim on it before someone else finds it. Let's do what Bob did. Bob got the isolate for L from Luc. We'll use the X isolate from Robert, it should be close enough. We publish in Science, and pretty soon someone will come up with a positive study." So they cobbled a study together.

In the mean time, Harvey found out what was going down. Gold rush. He'd been there before. Better get in fast. Find a study that finds some goram virus, even if it is contamination with an M virus.

Francis really believed that there must be something. Francis thought the real virus would be found quickly. He didn't think of a way out. Why, after all? There must be something there. And when the real virus was found, nobody would ask much questions whether some numbers on a piece of paper were off. And even if, nobody cared about the questions that Bob was being asked back then – nobody would care now. Success made it right back then, and success would make it right this time.

Only, success did not come. This time.

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