[Paul King reports items from trial in Australia regarding validity of "HIV"
theory, where the famous Dr. Gallo is brought in as a witness to support the
concept of "HIV".]

By Paul King at Fri, 16/02/2007 (via David Crowe, 

[...] shortly into cross-examination, Gallo makes the bone-head
decision to insult the judge himself in the following exchange:

BORICK: Again I want to put a suggestion to you that's been made in
this court and that is that in effect the whole argument that HIV
exists rises and falls on the first experiments conducted by

GALLO: That's silly, of course. You know that; I mean everybody
knows that that's sitting in this courtroom.

HIS HONOR: Not everybody, Dr. Gallo.

GALLO: That's sad commentary. Was it Your Honor who made it?

HIS HONOR: I made that comment.

GALLO: Well I would regard that as a sad commentary.



'The tale of Dr. Robert Gallo’s role in the discovery of the virus that
causes AIDS is one of those stories that wouldn’t be believable as
fiction...Science Fictions is bursting with allegations leveled at Dr.
Gallo, his associates, rivals and enemies, that include deception,
misconduct, incompetence, fraud, sabotage, back-stabbing, double-dealing,
overstatements, half-truths, outright lies, a clandestine affair with a
co-worker, a bribery attempt, denials, evasions, coverups and serial
rewritings of history.’
— New York Times

‘ Scrupulously researched and sweeping... Science Fictions documents enough
treachery, negligence and megalomania to make even the most trusting of
readers skeptical of the scientific establishment.’
— Washington Post

‘ A gripping work with important implications...With incredible tenacity,
Crewdson reveals a biological research scandal that was significant,
frightening and, most of all, a testament to one reporter’s quest to
separate science fact from fiction.’
— Chicago Tribune

‘ Crewdson’s work is the most powerful and revealing since James Watson’s
The Double Helix...This is an awesomely documented prosecutorial brief that
concedes no credit to its target and yields him no doubts. If the Gallo camp
has a rebuttal, let’s hear it.’
— New Scientist

‘ No one knows whether someone in Gallo’s lab stole the French virus or if
it contaminated their samples through sloppy practice, and it really doesn’t
matter… And as Crewdson shows, the biggest discoveries in Gallo’s career —
his claim to have identified the virus that causes AIDS and the patent on
the AIDS blood test — both belong to someone else.’
— Baltimore Sun

‘ Robert Gallo’s hour was not the brightest for American science. In fact,
it may be one of the darkest. The two-decade-long sequence of events
described in John Crewdson’s new book resembles more the actions of a
megalomaniac intent more on self-promotion and profit than on a way to stop
the AIDS epidemic.’
— San Diego Union-Tribune

‘ I could hardly put the book down out of a mounting realization that this
was more than a story about human vanity and political corruption. Science
Fictions is ultimately a scientific detective story, with dramatic plot
twists, inspired sleuthing, and unlikely heroes. It’s a crime with many
victims, and one that is well worth the effort to understand.’
— Washington Monthly

‘ John Crewdson, a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, has written a detailed
history of the events that led scientists to the cause of AIDS - and it
makes unpleasant reading for anyone who thought science was simply about the
pursuit of truth. Instead, a picture emerges of deliberate falsehoods,
exaggerated claims and denigrating criticism.’
— The Independent (London)

‘ Crewdson’s squalid tale of grasping self-interest in the face of a
devastating epidemic is told through court documents, reports from internal
NIH and congressional investigative committees and interviews. The enormous
amount of evidence which the author has gathered in favor of the French
seems convincing.’
— Los Angeles Times

‘ Science Fictions is about scientists behaving very, very badly. Crewdson’s
research is thorough, his writing brisk.’
— Edmonton Journal

‘ A compelling case that Gallo claimed and obtained recognition for research
that had, in fact, been accomplished by the French...this book is a
successful indictment of Gallo, whom history will probably judge to have
been guilty of excessive zeal in the pursuit of scientific glory.’
— Montreal Gazette

‘ Was Gallo’s behavior so extreme as to be anomalous, or was it to some
extent encouraged by what Crewdson calls a “hypercompetitive” scientific
culture? If Science Fictions forces scientists to address these difficult
questions — and it should — it will have served its purpose.’
— New York Times Book Review

‘ Science Fictions is a profoundly disturbing account, demonstrating that
even brilliant minds may trade truth for fame or fortune...John Crewdson has
written a masterpiece.’
— Providence Journal-Bulletin

‘ Comprehensive and compelling...The level of drama here is
unprecedented…Crewdson is able to weave a story that is impossible to put down.’
— Publishers Weekly

‘ A meticulous account of slippery science that develops slowly into a
panoramic view of the biomedical world.’
— Kirkus Reviews