Blattner, W.; Gallo, R. C. and Temin, H. M. "HIV Causes AIDS," Science (29 July 1988), p.
Blattner and his co-authors here defend the now dominant medical position that HIV causes
AIDS. They are advancing their theory as well as defending it against the continuing attacks of
These authors represent standard, normal science. They are regarded as the discoverers of the
cause of AIDS and are all now big name researchers. They restate the paradigm of medicine and
have it that the strongest evidence comes from "prospective epidemiological studies that
document the absolute requirement for HIV infection for the development of AIDS." This is not,
of course, "proof" at all but it is the sort of evidence that the paradigm allows. It may, admittedly,
be less than what science would like, but it will do.
Indeed, in Duesberg's rebuttals to their argument, he starts out by saying "(They)...defend the
hypothesis that HIV causes AIDS only with epidemiology and anecdotal clinical cases in which
AIDS is correlated with antibody to HIV, not with active virus." He is, of course, absolutely
correct. Theirs is a "weak" argument. But organized medicine is on their side and not on his.