[5], David Gorski reviewed the video for his blog and remarked that "the amount of nonsense, misinformation, disinformation, and conspiracy mongering in Mikovits’ response to questions is truly epic. "[14] Mikovits stated that she worked as postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of David Derse from 1993 to 1994. "[31], Two of the original authors of this paper subsequently reanalyzed the samples used in the research and found that the samples were contaminated with XMRV plasmid DNA, leading them to publish a partial retraction of their original results. Silverman had found XMRV sequences, which are highly similar to mouse genomic sequences, in prostate cancer specimens several years earlier. [22][24] Her PhD thesis was titled "Negative Regulation of HIV Expression in Monocytes. [3][36] She was held temporarily pursuant to that case,[37] and her lawyer said the charges had no merit. [9], Harvey Whittemore and his wife, Annette, were frustrated by lack of answers for myalgic encephalomyelitis/Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients, including their daughter. [8][17] In November 2011, she was arrested and held on charges that she stole laboratory notebooks and a computer from WPI, but she was released after five days and the charges were later dropped. Kent Heckenlively and Judy Mikovits (2020), This page was last edited on 17 October 2020, at 14:06. Many women with XMRV bore children with autism. As if to confirm those fears, Mikovits reported evidence for XMRV in 3.75 percent of a group of 218 people serving as healthy controls, selected randomly by zip code. This final claim refers to her arrest in 2011 for allegedly stealing research materials from WPI. [49][50][51][52], Mikovits gained attention on social media for promoting her ideas about the COVID-19 pandemic. She was fired from the Whittemore Peterson Institute in 2011. However, following widespread criticism,[6] the paper was retracted on December 22, 2011, by the journal Science. Mikovits was a co-author in a paper called Detection of an Infectious Retrovirus, XMRV, in Blood Cells of Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

[10], One such circulating video gained notoriety in May 2020. Using tools obtained from Silverman, Mikovits began to look for XMRV in her CFS samples. [19] PolitiFact described the video as "a deep dive into conspiracy theories about COVID-19, public health and the pharmaceutical industry. "[60], XMRV and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, Anti-vaccination activism and conspiracy theories, xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus, Misinformation related to the COVID-19 pandemic § Conspiracy theories, Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science, "Virus Conspiracists Elevate a New Champion", "Dispute Over Lab Notebooks Lands Researcher in Jail", "Criminal Charges Dropped Against Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Researcher Judy Mikovits", "Facebook and other companies are removing viral 'Plandemic' conspiracy video", "Integrity issue follows fired researcher", "Why Chronic Fatigue Study is Wrong, Maybe Fraudulent, but Biology Is Not a Hoax", "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Researcher Fired Amidst New Controversy", "The Coronavirus Truthers Don't Believe in Public Health", "How covid-19 conspiracy theorists are exploiting YouTube culture", "The viral video 'Plandemic' is the latest COVID-19 conspiracy theory.

XMRV is also associated with prostate, breast, ovarian cancers, leukemia, and multiple myeloma. According to Mikovits, she worked as a laboratory technician at Upjohn Pharmaceuticals in Kalamazoo, Michigan from 1986 to 1987, and departed after a dispute related to the company's bovine growth hormone product.

[2] By 1996, Mikovits was employed as a scientist at Ruscetti's Laboratory of Leukocyte Biology at the NCI. [8][17], Lo and Alter, in their 2010 paper titled "Detection of MLV-related virus gene sequences in blood of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy blood donors", stated "Although we find evidence of a broader group of MLV-related viruses, rather than just XMRV, in patients with CFS and healthy blood donors, our results clearly support the central argument by Lombardi et al. [25], In May 2001, Mikovits left the NCI to work at EpiGenX Biosciences in Santa Barbara, CA, a drug-discovery company.

Mikovits Was Accused of Stealing Equipment & Keeping Laboratory Notebooks.

[9][23][32] In December 2011, after a request by Silverman, the editors of Science retracted the paper in its entirety. [11][53] YouTube removed this video from its website a number of times, citing its Community Guidelines. XMRV is also associated with cancers like … Mikovits Doesn’t Believe SARS-CoV-2 Is the Cause of COVID-19. Judy Anne Mikovits (born 1957 or 1958) is a former American research scientist who is known for her discredited medical claims, such as that murine endogenous retroviruses are linked to chronic fatigue syndrome.As an outgrowth of these claims, she has engaged in anti-vaccination activism, promoted conspiracy theories, and been accused of scientific misconduct.

[18], In 2020, Mikovits promoted conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic via the internet video Plandemic,[10] which made claims that are either false, or not based on scientific evidence. He and Mikovits successively altered the experimental conditions until all samples gave a positive signal.

[57] The Republic World website also fact-checked her claim that the global health system uses vaccines as weapons to make profits, judging that the claim was false. ", "Fact-checking 'Plandemic': A documentary full of false conspiracy theories about the coronavirus", "Seen 'Plandemic'?

Mikovits, following the publication of her since-retracted paper, made a series of unsupported claims that XMRV was the cause of myriad other … [10][46][47] She has claimed that retroviruses have contaminated 30 percent of vaccines. "[58] When asked to respond to eight questions prepared by the Center for Inquiry, Benjamin Radford and Paul Offit about the accuracy of Mikovits' claims, producer Mikki Willis initially agreed, but did not follow through when the questions were sent.

[15], Mikovits has received criticism from scientists for stating that XMRV is a communicable infection which is "clearly circulating through the population, as is our fear and your fear". We Take A Close Look At The Viral Conspiracy Video's Claims", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Judy_Mikovits&oldid=983989878, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. [33], On September 29, 2011,[9] Mikovits was terminated by the WPI due to disputes over the control of lab samples and the integrity of her work; she subsequently came under investigation for alleged manipulation of data in her publications related to XMRV.