Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Dec. 19 extradition hearing for Nevada researcher

Dec. 19 extradition hearing for Nevada researcher
The Associated Press
Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 | 2:13 p.m.

A California judge will decide next month whether a world-renowned 
cancer researcher will stand trial in Nevada on charges she stole 
samples and notes from a lab at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Judy Mikovits, 53, was released from the Ventura County Jail last week 
after posting a $100,000 bond. Ventura Superior Court Judge Bruce A. 
Young set her extradition hearing for Dec. 19.
Mikovits, who lives near Oxnard, Calif., is the former lead researcher 
at the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease in Reno.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that the institute fired her in 
August and filed a lawsuit against her alleging she "wrongfully 
removed laboratory notebooks and kept other proprietary information" 
from lab officials.
Mikovits made headlines two years ago with research linking chronic 
fatigue syndrome to a retrovirus. But the findings since have been 
questioned, and subsequent studies have failed to replicate the results.
Lois Hart, a lawyer for Mikovits, said the scientist neither stole 
research items nor did anything else wrong. She said Mikovits was 
never a fugitive and was always available to talk to authorities.
Mikovits' husband, David Nolde, told the Ventura County Star he thinks 
his wife and the institute will settle their dispute out of court.
"It's being worked out between the two sides," he told the newspaper 
last week. "Judy is a committed dedicated scientist known all over the 
world. Her only concern is the patients and the science."
Mikovits formerly worked at the National Cancer Institute. Her team at 
the institute in Reno announced its discovery in 2009 that people with 
chronic fatigue syndrome also were prone to a retrovirus in their 
blood called XMRV, opening the possibility of new treatment options.
But in May, the journal that published the findings, Science, ran what 
it called an expression of concern about the discovery it said is now 
"seriously in question."

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