Laureate's novel way to diagnose viruses

Laureate's novel way to diagnose viruses

The pioneer biologist struggles to find takers for his theory

Scientist Luc Montagnier, who won the Nobel Prize in 2008 for discovering Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) two decades ago, claims to have conducted successful experiments and collected evidence in support of his controversial theory, which does not have many takers at the moment.

If his theory and experiments gain wider acceptability in the scientific community – and that’s a very big if – it could open a complete new window to diagnose many bacteria and viruses even if they are present in minute amounts in the body.

According to his theory, water molecules have the ability to retain “information” from DNA of a virus or bacteria in ultra-diluted form. The ultra-diluted water emits a magnetic signal – ostensibly from the presence of DNA – which can be converted into measurable electrical pulse to detect the presence of viral or bacterial DNA.

His call is to take samples, dilute it so much with water so that the DNA is barely present in the sample and then look for those electromagnetic pulses, typical of each DNA.

The theory sounds bizarre and goes beyond the scope of modern scientific understanding of physics, chemistry and biology. It is more similar to homeopathic principle that stipulates water molecules have a “memory” to retain the benefits of plant extracts, which are used to create homeopathic medicines.

With more dilution, there are more “potent water molecules” in a homeopathic medicine that remember the beneficial property of a plant extract and cures a disease.

Modern scientists mostly discards homeopathic treatment nothing but a placebo. Asked about the criticism he faced, Montagnier told Deccan Herald, “I have an open mind. I believe water does something in high dilution. DNA can organise water in a certain way. Homeopathy was discovered 200 years ago. Science has progressed much.

“What I propose is DNA can organise water through photons of very low energy and create nano structure with different properties,” said the septuagenarian scientist who was attending the silver jubilee function of National Institute of Immunology here.

Claimed that he went beyond the theory, the pioneering Frenchman and scientists at CIRBA – a research institute in Ivory Coast – conducted successful experiments to measure electromagnetic pulse emitted by the DNA of AIDS virus taken from African patients.

His findings were published last year in a not-so-well-known journal titled, “Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences”. “Another publication is coming up in an Italian physics journal where we will explain the physics,” he added.

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