John Maddox could have singlehandedly sunk most of Robert Gallo's claims regarding his work in 1982/1983, had Maddox published in Nature the interview he had with Gallo on September 19, 1986.
But John Maddox choose not to publish the interview, later stating that:
I think that it literally is impossible to tell who's right and who's wrong.That is John Maddox, standing up for science.
And from the "can't make this shit up" department:
The tapes of the Maddox/Gallo interview, that were kindly provided to John Crewdson, contained "a gap of several minutes during which the conversation is obliterated by music".