I’m just amazed.
The headline is WRONG. It DIDN’T block HIV. The H in HIV stands for “Human.” This was research on SIV – S is for Simian – so we’re talking about a virus in monkeys.
I am not anti-science. And I’m certainly all in favor of educating people about advances in research. But there is a weight and an emphasis given to this kind of placement. And so, even though the story has caveats, they are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm, the pull quote, the breakthrough language.
5 monkeys followed for two weeks, one of whom did, indeed, become infected when you follow it out for five months.
Page one breakthrough? Not in my book.
And let’s go down the boulevard of broken dreams of hope that didn’t pan out – a headline one year ago – “Anti-AIDS gel disappoints, researchers say.”
The leap from animal research to human efficacy is huge. It can’t be stated often enough.