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January 25, 2011
Weirdness: Montagnier Again, Teleporting DNA
Well, no sooner do I speculate about whether Luc Montagnier has lost it then he makes headlines with a "water memory" story about teleporting DNA. There are, of course, umpteen reasons for this not to be a real result. We'll start with contamination of vials, which in a system like PCR can be disastrous, and work from there. The other major problem I have with this is one of the major problems I have with homeopathy: if incredibly small dilutions of things have such an effect, then why aren't we seeing it happen all the time? There are tiny amounts of DNA everywhere: how come all our experiments aren't turning into fuzzy blurs of results from all the small but oh-so-powerful fragments and traces in every sample?
Well, Montagnier himself says that he thinks that this experiment will be replicated by others, so I'll hold my fire until that's tried out. Until then, I note that this experiment has apparently made Deepak Chopra's day. It's hard for me to imagine that anything that has inspired such a fuzzy-brained column from such a fuzzy-brained man could lead to any good. But perhaps we'll all be surprised.
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