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Where's the Control Experiment Protocol, Stefan?
The Corona Conspiracy, Part 32
In current science, you can't just make up your claims like Stefan Lanka does, but you need to support them with empirical evidence.
Checking up up on Stefan Lanka's silly project to "disprove all of virology", I found brief videos on a YouTube channel by "independent scientist" Igson Negrin, a Lanka fan who has approached the CDC and Ulrike Kämmerer by email with a rather peculiar request. Kämmerer was the main author of the Corman-Drosten Review Report, which was published in December 2020 with the aim to demand a retraction of the first RT-PCR protocol designed for SARS-CoV-2 by the team around German virologist Christian Drosten (see Part 20 and Part 24).
‘A Refutation of Virology’
As you may recall, Lanka has claimed that all viruses are non-existent (including SARS-CoV-2), and that he can "prove" this by a simple "control experiment." Any genome can be assembled, he claims, from any set of genetic material (see Part 28)
There is, however, one issue. Stefan Lanka has not yet done that simple experiment.
Obviously, he lacks both the expertise and the laboratory access to perform it. And he argues, it wouldn't help if he would do that experiment, because he is an "outsider", who would not be believed from the start (true). So Igson Negrin has now taken up the task to approach professional virologists and request them to do this "simple control experiment."
Here's the email Negri has sent to Ulrike Kämmerer on August 17, 2021:
Unfortunately, in the mail, the nature of this decisive control experiment is not specified. It is unclear what information Negrin has provided to Kämmerer.
Now, one can say much about this infamous team that tried to take down the Corman-Drosten PCR test protocol, but at least they believe in the existence of viruses and viral genomes. Well, most of their team members, some are true virus denialists (see Part 25). But Kämmerer is not that far into the rabbit hole, as is Stefan Lanka. She would not buy into: "From one set of data collected for the assembly of one genome in virology it is possible to assemble all the genomes of all 'viruses' at the same time." She knows better than that (I sincerely hope).
Negrin optimistically continues that it is very easy to perform this "quick and elegant control experiment" and that it will cost 0 Euro. He states that he expects a reply from her in one day, and will also let the world know if she did not or did not respond to him in time. This is, of course, beyond any bounds of professionalism and sanity. Even if taken seriously, it would take some time and money for a lab employee to assemble any virus from any data, if that would be feasible at all. Of course it isn't. The burden of proof is fully on Lanka.
At the end of his mail, Negrin loses all sense of proportion when he implies that, when Kämmerer doesn't reply on time, he will inform "the whole of Germany and the whole public in the world." He does seem to have reached out to a few US states (Texas and Arizona), and is planning to contact all US senators about this "control experiment".
Explaining the Methodology
If Stefan Lanka would perform this "experiment" himself, and publish a decent paper about it, explaining his methodology, it would be ground-breaking. Soon, other scientists would flock together and try to replicate (or disprove) his results. That's the way science works. But Stefan Lanka is just not up to this task, apparently. As I have explained before, on purely theoretical grounds his claim is baseless. It is like saying: you can write any book with the same alphabet! That is true, indeed, but trivial in the extreme. Books still exist (see Part 26).
It would also be interesting to learn Ulrike Kämmerer's response to this strange and rather rude request/threat from "independent scientist" Negrin. This meme (left) was posted on Twitter by another Lanka-fan, who goes by the name "wartime", next to Negrin's email. In quasi-official style, the Ulrike Kämmerer meme is date stamped (and it seems her deadline has passed by now, one month later).
The same message has been sent by Negrin to world-class Dutch virologist Marion Koopmans, on the right (who was a member of the Corman-Drosten team that designed the first PCR test for SARS-CoV-2). Will she do this simple control experiment which refutes all of virology and costs 0 Euro?
You know the answer. :-) It is pointless.
As we have seen, Stefan Lanka himself is unable to do his own "control experiment", but at least he can share his protocol, so real scientists can execute them. Of course, this protocol will not work in practice, because genomics simply doesn't work in a piece-by-piece way. So the real question is for Stefan Lanka to specify how he wants to run his "control experiment". Take all the As, Cs, Us and Gs from a RNA extraction data set and build the genome of his liking? Or follow the protocols of science and let the data generate the true genomes?
It is fairly obvious from the above that Lanka, Negrin and company have no clue about how genome assembly actually worksand the same goes for their audience. It is not a matter of piecing nucleotides together until you have the genome, like the type-setting of a book. Rather, the genome emerges from the data itself. It is like opening a book and reading a few sentences. Pretty soon you recognize what book you are reading. The fact that all books use the same alphabet is totally irrelevant.
Claiming otherwise exposes one's ignorance. Stefan Lanka excels in spreading this utter nonsense.
But let's face it. Most virus denialists (Kaufman, Cowan, Icke) point to Stefan Lanka as their one and only "real" virologisteven if he no longer believes in the existence of viruses. So when he is not able to substantiate his claims with empirical research, or when he seems to do some experiments, he is not able to report on it in any serious and scientific manner, thing look bleak indeed for the virus denialist cause.
To his credit, Igson Negrin understands that in current science, you can't just make up your claims like Stefan Lanka does, but you need to support them with empirical evidence. In one Telegram post, he openly questions if Lanka is up to date with modern genomic science and pressures him to provide the evidence, or at least the protocol other scientists can use.
That is, in fact, exactly the impression I get from reading and listening to Stefan Lanka. Let's listen to Lanka himself, explaining his control experiment:
Funny how someone with zero knowledge of modern genome sequencing technologywhich is a very specialized and highly paid field of bio-informaticsis lecturing on scientists how to do their job... Negrin himself is playing around with some online sequencing tools, but it is unclear if he understands their functionality at all.
Meta-conspiracy or conspiracy 2.0
On Telegram Igson Negrin claims that even Reiner Fuellmich is now seeing the "truth" that there is no virus at all, apparently after having interviewed a virus denialist (most probably nutrition activist Mike Adams). In an interview with Adams, he claimed that there is no viral isolate of SARS-CoV-2 at all (while admitting he's not a virologist).
Negrin urges Stefan Lanka to finally publish the results of his control experiment.
I am not sure if Reiner Fuellmich (not "dr. Reiner", and not a doctor) has converted to full-fledged virus denialism, but I do agree that his bombastic announcements about massive anti-lockdown class suit actions has lead us nowhere (see Part 27).
At the same time, he questions the work of the German Corona Ausschuss team (headed by Reiner Fuellmich), for not delivering the goods and endlessly talking about major law suits and class actions (against Christian Drosten among others). He sees them as merely controlled opposition. So he is deep into the rabbit hole himself.
‘In Scientific Journals!’
Imagine you have made a world shaking scientific discovery - viruses don't exist and viral genomes are just digital fabrications - and you announce it like this on Telegram.
My prediciton [sic] is: in winter it's over!
Let the Show Begin...
Bits and pieces of Lanka's methodology can be reaped from a recent Freedom Talk video posted on conspiracy channel Odysee:
Interviewer: So the first question in this Freedom Talk is about the Control Experiment, and my question is: what will be revealed, and what will be the logical and compelling consequence of the findings?
So apparently Lanka has access now to lab technology. However, it is unclear:
Again, we would need to see a carefully written paper about these Control Experiments. Just bluffing on social media about your own excellence brings us nowhere.
What is Shotgun Metagenomic Sequencing?
Shotgun metagenomic sequencing allows researchers to comprehensively sample all genes in all organisms present in a given complex sample. The method enables microbiologists to evaluate bacterial diversity and detect the abundance of microbes in various environments. Shotgun metagenomics also provides a means to study unculturable microorganisms that are otherwise difficult or impossible to analyze. (Illumina)
 Corona Ausschuss, "Ad-hoc 15 - Where to find the isolate?", odyssee.com, August 17th, 2021. Mike Adams is the founder of Natural News, "a far-right, anti-vaccination conspiracy theory and fake news website known for promoting alternative medicine, pseudoscience, and far-right extremism." (Wikipedia)
 Dean's Danes, "Freedom Talk 4: Interview with Dr. Stefan Lanka, Dr. Tom Cowan & Dr. Andrew Kaufman", odysee.com, September 23rd, 2021
83 Vaccine Myths from docbastard.net
To all those who claim SARS-CoV-2or any virusdoes not exist: the virosphere consists of 4 realms, 9 kingdoms, 16 phyla, 2 subphyla, 36 classes, 55 orders, 8 suborders, 168 families, 103 subfamilies, 1421 genera, 68 subgenera, 6590 species. Take that. https://talk.ictvonline.org/taxonomy/
A summary of early parts of this series has appeared in the Dutch magazine Skepter 33(3), September 2020, as "Viruses don't exist" (covering Parts 1-5). German: Skeptiker (December 2020); English: Skeptic.org.uk (January 2021)
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