So the MuLV contamination in the TZM-bl and Jurkat cell lines came from hypothetical passage through mice that they infer must have happened. So did the contamination of the A3.01/F7 cell line with GALV result from passage of the cell line through Gibbon apes? That sounds awfully expensive
Wow, good point!
What are the possible scenarios for how GALV originated? Is it a mutated MLV? One that was produced by passaging a cell line through mice, creating a vaccine or in some other way created in the lab and then spread to Gibbons?
Another scenario is suggested by a conspiracy theory I am reading about in Dr. Mary's Monkey. The author claims that David Ferrie, a CIA contractor in the 1960s, was doing homemade experiments on thousands of mice in an apartment infecting them with cancer-causing monkey viruses. Ferrie got alopecia totalis (my cousine has this and ME), an auto-immune reaction where all hair falls out and never regrows. Perhaps this was a result of becoming infected with these viruses. Dr. Mary Sherman from Tulane med school was supposedly involved in this and she was murdered.
(Ferrie trained cuban rightists and mafia to fly planes for the CIA, hung out with Oswald and was a gay pedophile priest, but that's another story.)
Immediately after New Orleans DA Jim Garrison announced David Ferrie was a suspect in the JFK assasination case, Ferrie was found dead in his apartment. David Ferrie was played by Joe Pesci in Oliver Stone's JFK. I know this sounds a little nutty, but it seems like these experiments or similar ones (if they happened) conducted by the government could at least theoretically be connected with GALV appearing in cell lines and/or MLV mutations.
In this latter scenario, (this is my speculation) government experiments would have introduced GALV to mice and the the A3.01/F7 cell line resulted from these experiments or the infection spread from the cell-lines used in the government experiments to the A3.01/F7 cell-line.
What do people think?