March 15, 2009 4:42 AM Subscribe
Professor Luc Montagnier, 2008 Nobel Prize Laureate for Medicine
, is no stranger to controversy
. Recently, he has been touting his approval
for the ignominiously debunked
"water memory" theories of the late French immunologist Dr. Jacques Benveniste
. This is not altogether surprising, given that Montagnier has filed a patent application
for a method for characterising "biologically active biochemical elements" based on Benveniste's more outlandish theories
. But there's more...
First of all, the patent examiner who has drafted the International Search Report, in his Written Opinion
on patentability, seems less than impressed by Montagnier's invention. The killer quote comes in page 10:
"This is all the more problematic since: (i) the invention is based on phenomena which contradict the basic principles of physics and of chemistry, i.e. the existence of a biological activity or effect without an active molecule, and (ii) no explanation or theoretical basis makes it possible at the current time to explain the results obtained."
Secondly, a man called Bruno Robert claims that Montagnier stole the invention from him
. Most disturbingly, Robert filed a nearly identical patent application
right before Montagnier.
BTW, this may not be Montagnier's first brush with quackery