Peter H. Duesberg, PhD, is a professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1968-1970 he demonstrated that influenza virus has a segmented genome. This would explain its unique ability to form recombinants by reassortment of subgenomic segments. He isolated the first cancer gene through his work on retroviruses in 1970, and mapped the genetic structure of these viruses. This, and his subsequent work in the same field, resulted in his election to the National Academy of Sciences in 1986. He is also the recipient of a seven-year Outstanding Investigator Grant from the National Institutes of Health. On the basis of his experience with retroviruses, Duesberg has challenged the virus-AIDS hypothesis in the pages of Cancer Research, The Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science, Nature, Journal of AIDS, AIDS Forschung, Biomed. & Pharmacother., New Engl. J. Med., Naturwissenschaften, Research in Immunology and Pharmacology & Therapeutics. He has instead proposed the hypothesis that the various AIDS diseases are brought on by the long-term consumption of recreational drugs and AZT, which is prescribed to prevent or treat AIDS. (Biography)
Duesberg (co-)authored three books. 'Infectious AIDS: Have We Been Misled?' (1995) which is a collections of his main papers. He is the editor of 'AIDS; Virus or Drug Induced?' (1996), a compilation of dissident articles. Duesberg's story can be read in 'Inventing the AIDS Virus' (1996).