Era Of Megaprojects?

AUTHOR: Peter H. Duesberg, p.12

Scientific megaprojects costing taxpayers billions of dollars are, in some instances, the only means of reaching achievable goals. But if a megaproject becomes an undertaking that prejudicially focuses on a flawed theory promoted by a special-interest group, the project is counterproductive.

The multibillion-dollar wars on AIDS and cancer are a case in point. AIDS research is now based on the hypothesis that the disease is caused by human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); the war on cancer is based largely on the theory that cancer is caused by either the activation of cellular oncogenes or the inactivation of antioncogenes. Both wars are waged by self-serving groups on behalf of hypotheses that neatly fit their limited expertise. Among the casualties are scientific minorities whose alternative hypotheses threaten the professional and commercial interests of these groups.

When a new theory deviates from that held by the...

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