Oncogenes, Aneuploidy, and Aids: A Scientific Life and Times of Peter H. Duesberg by Harvey Bialy, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Oncogenes, Aneuploidy, and Aids: A Scientific Life and Times of Peter H. Duesberg

Oncogenes, Aneuploidy, and Aids: A Scientific Life and Times of Peter H. Duesberg

by Harvey Bialy
     
 

According to author Harvey Bialy, the work of molecular biologist Peter Duesberg has been grossly distorted by the media and scientific establishments. Until recently, the scientific community—and most notably, those from the National Institute for Health—have been unwilling to look at his provocative theories of different causes for cancer and HIV/AIDS

Overview

According to author Harvey Bialy, the work of molecular biologist Peter Duesberg has been grossly distorted by the media and scientific establishments. Until recently, the scientific community—and most notably, those from the National Institute for Health—have been unwilling to look at his provocative theories of different causes for cancer and HIV/AIDS. Inspired by UC Berkeley's rare creation of an archive for Duesberg's papers, this book explores Duesberg's early groundbreaking work with viruses and oncogenes, his contentious fights with other scientists, and the profound influence of his life's work.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Bialy weaves the science with personal and historical reflections to produce an appealing text comprehensible to even a nonspecialist reader."
-Nature Biotechnology, July 2004

"A well-told tale with the incorruptible humor of its protagonist - head and shoulders above the competition."
Kary Mullis, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1993

"...one of my favorite books...Though centered on one man, it speaks to issues of power in the scientific establishment that will outlive Bialy and his hero. ...Bialy fills his book with direct quotes, allowing a number of the unsavory characters in this story to hoist themselves by their own inelegant petards. In the courage of both scientist and author, I see greatness."
—Kary B. Mullis, Nobel laureate, in Discover Magazine, November 2006

Gerald H. Pollack
"Bialy's book is not one you can easily put down. I found myself thoroughly engaged and deeply moved by the saga of Peter Duesberg - evolving from a founder of cancer molecular biology to a pariah reviled by his peers. It reminded me of Ignasz Semmelweis, the Hungarian physician working in a leading Viennese hospital, who had suggested before Pasteur that there might be a simple expedient to reducing mothers' post-childbirth mortality rate: doctors' hand washing. A curious observation was that the mortality rate was far higher in those wards directed by physicians compared to the wards directed by midwives. Semmelweis noted a clue: doctors began their morning rounds with autopsies on patients who had died the day prior; only after completion of the autopsies did the physicians examine the women in labor. Midwives were free of any such contaminating burden. Even after Semmelweis demonstrated that the mortality rate plummeted if the physicians washed and disinfected their hands before physically examining their patients, his colleagues were reluctant to accept his thesis, and the dead multiplied unnecessarily....

I invite you to read this fascinating book and decide for yourself whether Duesberg has a point. I took time from a busy schedule to see quickly how the saga would end, and came away enlightened by a rich body of information about issues of profound significance that cry out for resolution. The message is quite serious, but the presentation is buoyed by abundant humor and wit - a pleasure to read. This is one of those books that will inspire unending conversations with friends and colleagues. Rarely have I been as moved by a book as by this very scientific biography."
Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556435317
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
08/28/2004
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

Rafael Rangel
Among other things, I learned from this book that Walter Gilbert used Duesberg's 1989 Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. (USA) review, in which he detailed his objections to claiming HIV the cause of AIDS based on imperfect correlations instead of functional demonstrations, as the basis of a graduate seminar at Harvard in critical thinking in molecular biology. I intend to use Oncogenes, Aneuploidy and AIDS in a similar manner and recommend that all my colleagues, North and South, do the same.
Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies, Caracas
John Hodgson
The story of a scientific David who takes on the twin Goliaths of mutation-cancer and HIV-AIDS and, eschewing the slingshot, uses Occam's razor to slice cleanly at their Achilles' tendons.
Director, Critical I, London
Kary Mullis
A well-told tale with the incorruptible humor of its protagonist--head and shoulders above the competition.
— Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1993
Martin Fussenegger
I am the author of scientific work mediated by Dr. Bialy and published in Nature Biotechnology. I know I am not alone when I write he is a fair man committed to clean data and un-swayed by fashionable opinion. Oncogenes, Aneuploidy and AIDS is a more than fair treatment of the work of a very unfairly treated, and whether you agree with him or not, important scientist. It is also a wonderful insider story of biotechnology and modern medicine.
Professor and Head, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, ETH, Zurich
Susan Hassler
Some of modern medicine's greatest controversies are seen through the lens of the life of U.S. National Academy of Science member Peter Duesberg, an iconoclastic scientist who has been simultaneously revered and shunned for his theories about cancer genes and AIDS. The book is an extremely serious look at what happens when orthodoxies are challenged. It is also often outrageously funny and is impeccably argued and documented.
Editor, IEEE Spectrum
George L. Gabor Miklos
Bialy weaves the science with personal and historical reflections to produce an appealing text comprehensible to even a nonspecialist reader.
—Nature Biotechnology, July, 2004

Meet the Author

Harvey Bialy is a resident scholar at the Insitute of Biotechnology of the Autonomous National University of Mexico and formerly a postdoctoral-fellow of the Damon Runyon Foundation for Cancer Research. He is also the founding scientific editor of Nature Biotechnology and a member of South Africa's Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel.

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