Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases

Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases

by Kent Heckenlively, Judy Mikovits


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“This book is my best attempt to tell the truth about my research, the culture in science today which is hostile to new ideas, and what science can really do if allowed to pursue promising areas of inquiries.”—Dr. Judy Mikovits, PhD

This is a story for anybody interested in the peril and promise of science at the very highest levels in our country. On July 22, 2009, a special meeting was held with twenty-four leading scientists at the National Institutes of Health to discuss early findings that a newly discovered retrovirus was linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), prostate cancer, lymphoma, and eventually neurodevelopmental disorders in children. When Dr. Judy Mikovits finished her presentation, the room was silent for a moment, then one of the scientists said, “Oh my God!” The resulting investigation would be like no other in science.

For Dr. Mikovits, a twenty-year veteran of the National Cancer Institute, this was the midpoint of a five-year journey that would start with the founding of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease at the University of Nevada, Reno, and end with her as a witness for the federal government against her former employer, Harvey Whittemore, for illegal campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

On this journey Dr. Mikovits would face the scientific prejudices against CFS, wander into the minefield that is autism, and through it all struggle to maintain her faith in God and the profession to which she had dedicated her life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510713949
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 20,634
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kent Heckenlively is a former attorney, a founding editor of Age of Autism, and a science teacher. During college Heckenlively worked for US Senator Pete Wilson, and in law school he was a writer and an editor of the school’s law review and spent his summers working for the US Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. Kent and his wife Linda live in Northern California with their two children, Jacqueline and Ben.

Judy Mikovits, PhD, spent twenty years at the National Cancer Institute, working with Dr. Frank Ruscetti, one of the founding fathers of human retrovirology, and has coauthored more than forty scientific papers. For five years she was the research director of the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease. Dr. Mikovits lives in Southern California with her husband, David.

Table of Contents

A Note from Judy Mikovits, PhD ix

Foreword: A Disease Able to Affect the Economies of Nations Hillary Johnson xi

Prologue-The Arrest xxix

1 The HHV-6 Conference and the Culture of Science 1

2 The Move to Nevada 19

3 Day Two in Jail 33

4 A Retrovirus in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? 41

5 The Appearance of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Autism in the Medical Literature 59

6 Day Three in Jail 83

7 The Submission to Science 93

8 The Invitation-Only July 22 Meeting 113

9 Day Four in Jail 139

10 The Autism Question 165

11 Science and Sensibility 183

12 Day Five and Freedom? 195

13 The Counter Offensive 209

14 The Long, Hot Confirmation Summer of 2010 231

15 The December 19 Hearing and Damages 247

16 The 1st (and Last) International Workshop on XMRV and the Worlds Most Celebrated Virus Hunter Enters the Fray 259

17 The Name Game and the "Immaculate Recombination" 283

18 Whittemore Justice 297

19 The Silverman Mistake 325

20 The Lipkin Study 349

21 The Rediscovery of XMRV? 371

Acknowledgments 383

Notes 385

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