Keywords: Jacques Benveniste, memory of water, molecules, drugs, applications, homeopathy.
This article follows the death of Mr Beneveniste in October 2004. We would like to remind our readers the following thing: it takes 1000 experiments to confirm a principle but only one is enough to invalidate it! And let's be wise not to be right too early, the rest of the world could not understand.
Jacques Benveniste died
By Eric FAVEREAU
The man who discovered a memory of water fifteen years ago died, on the pariah of research, this weekend in Paris.
Jacques Benveniste, iconoclastic personality of French biomedical research, died this weekend, following a surgical operation in Paris. He was 69 years old.
Warm face, original researcher, and ultimately a tragic fate. Jacques Benveniste will remain the man of a controversy. In which he will have won everything. And all lost. All won, because for the first time in 1988 a large international scientific journal, Nature, published the report of his research where he seemed to highlight a completely inexplicable phenomenon, magnificently called "the memory of water". Benveniste argued, with supporting evidence, "that an antibody placed in aqueous solution could continue to cause a biological reaction, while dilution reaches levels such as the chances of the presence of a single molecule of the antibody in the solution become void. " Miraculous result, with magnificent images. Example: we drop a key in the sea at Brest, and a few hundred kilometers away, on the other side of the Channel, the memory of a door could open. How not to dream about this water which would thus keep all the traces of the world? Homeopathic dose aficionados could rub their hands of this discovery in the process, homeopathic labs having admittedly largely funded its work.
Benveniste lost everything, then. The same review called shortly after two investigators - one of whom was an internationally renowned illusionist - to try to reveal methodological biases in the experience of our researcher. A unique approach in the history of scientific publications. In any case, our two investigators will unearth some methodological faults which could, in their eyes, explain these incredible results. It was, then, the beginning of a war of religions. Benveniste stumbled. Persista, quarreled and isolated himself more and more, to gradually put on the clothes of the outcast as scientific research sometimes knows how to sew. We no longer talked about this research, we only talked about his obsessive temper. “Error is part of the scientific process. It was because Newton was wrong that we got Einstein. I am ostracized because I would have made a mistake, "protested the biologist again, in 2000. While the majority of the scientific establishment of the planet had grown tired of his fight, this immunologist doctor did not give up. not: "My experiences are in the process of complete reproducibility", he assured, once again. Until the end, he continued. Losing in the direction of his research laboratory at Inserm.
Jacques Benveniste had not always been a researcher apart. Until his disputed discovery, he had been one of the most published French scientists in immunology, his original specialty, and the most appreciated. In 1971, his discovery of a factor activating blood platelets had even placed him in all medical textbooks as well as on the list of nobélisables.