A fraud within a fraud…

An Iowa State University assistant professor has stepped down after being accused of faking the results of an AIDS study by mixing human and rabbit blood to the tune of millions of federal dollars.

…According to Dr James Bradac, of the National Institutes of Health, Han added human blood components to rabbit blood, making it appear as if the animals were developing resistance to the HIV virus.
…Bradac, who oversees federal AIDS vaccine grants, called it the worst case of scientific fraud he had seen in 24 years, The Des Moines Register reported.

…Han’s so-called breakthrough made headlines in the scientific community, raising the possibility that an AIDS vaccine was not far off.

…Dr Cho has not been implicated in the fraud case and does not face any disciplinary measures. 

…There is a possibly that the federal government would ask the university to repay the money, but Bradac, of NIH, said it would be a highly unusual move.

After resigning from ISU October 4, Dr. Han agreed to exclude himself from any federally funded research for a period of three years beginning November 25, 2013. 

At the end of the day, everything is branched to the fundamental error of HIV being the cause of AIDS.

[Source: Daily Mail]

Insensitive but well-observed

A US public relations executive has provoked a storm of online protest for writing a Twitter comment about Aids in Africa.

Justine Sacco, who works for the media company IAC, wrote: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get Aids. Just kidding. I’m white!”

Ms Sacco’s account has now been deleted.

IAC responded by saying the “outrageous, offensive comment” did not reflect the company’s views and values.

“Unfortunately, the employee in question is unreachable on an international flight, but this is a very serious matter and we are taking appropriate action,” the IAC said in a statement to the media blog Valleywag.

IAC is the parent company of Match.com, The Daily Beast, Dictionary.com and BlackPeopleMeet.com, a dating site for African-Americans.

Though insensitive, Sacco was perversely correct. How big an issue is HIV/AIDS among the non-impoverished white African community? Not very. The problem is the conditions within class. It’s nothing to do with race and uncontrollable lust.

[Source: BBC News]

Appeal for Tyonex (ARV) discontinuation in Nigeria

Speaking on the crisis, the NEPWHAN National Coordinator said: “In the last few months, NEPWHAN has received numerous complaints from its members concerning an ARV drug being produced by Tyonex Nigeria Limited, an indigenous Nigerian company based in Lagos.” Ogenyi said the complaints centred on disharmony within the body system and adverse reactions among patients who take Tyonex ARV drug.

…Addressing journalists on the issue, NEPWHAN National Coordinator, Edward Ogenyi, said the drug had caused the death of one of its members (named withheld) during the weekend.

This scenario is not unique to Tyonex. It applies to all ARVs.

[Source: AllAfrica, thanks to Emanuel P.]