In order to prove that a disease is caused by a particular virus we must first have a way of identifying that virus uniquely; we must be able to say with confidence: “This thing here is what causes the problem”.

This is the process of ‘isolation’.

Most people will imagine that a complete viral package looking a bit like the one pictured is somehow isolated from the surrounding tissue, placed under a microscope and identified by the genomic information that it contains.

This is a long way from the truth. What actually happens is technical and complex and at no point is a complete virus discovered, identified, constructed or shown to exist in human tissue.

The procedure in brief

  • A swab of ‘infected’ tissue is taken from the nasal passage of a patient
  • The sample is placed in a non-human cell culture
  • The culture is left for a while for the ‘virus’ to replicate
  • Now small lengths of genetic material (never a complete virus) are taken from the culture and their genome is sequenced and stored digitally on a computer
  • A computer program is now responsible for joining these sequences together into a single long stream of digits
  • The resulting computer bytes are referred to as an ‘isolate’

Problems. These may sound reasonable but there are flaws in every stage of this procedure which make the final result meaningless with respect to the diagnosis of an existing disease or the identification of a new pathogen.

In vivo – in vitro

The most general problem is that the conditions in the culture are so far removed from the conditions in the body that we are seriously entitled to doubt whether or not the processes that happen in the culture are any any way representative of what happens in healthy living tissue.

If virologists are going to argue that what happens in vitro is in fact a mirror of real life and that viruses are busy replicating in human tissue all the time then why did we need a culture dish? Why can’t we just get the virus particles from the original sample?

Virologists claim that the virus is ‘replicating’ in the culture but critics claim that the fragments of genetic material that are observed are merely the result of dying tissue.

Monkey DNA: Equally disturbing is that the cell culture will contain monkey kidney cells and calf serum, both of which contain DNA and other genetic material.

So what guarantee is there that these sequences do not end up in the final computer isolate?

The sample taken from the patient will contain viral DNA, human DNA, bacterial DNA and if viruses are real then it may well contain other viruses. Moreover, the cell culture itself includes monkey kidney cells and calf serum (both containing DNA), so the question arises: “How do we know that the DNA or RNA that we sampled for the computer came from the original virus and not any of the other sources of DNA?”

Computer virus; How do we know that the small strands of RNA are joined together in the correct order? A template may be used to act as a guide but where did the first template come from?

How do we know that the computer digits represent anything real at all?

Proof of a pathogen

So we have isolated a virus right? OK, now it is time to prove that we have the correct sequence by introducing it back into a human being to see if they develop the same symptoms as patient zero, but we can’t do this because we don’t have a single piece of complete virus in our possession!

The isolation procedure has failed to do what is says on the tin – it has failed to isolate a functional virus.

So what goes in the vaccine?

The culture of dying tissue is relabelled an ‘attenuated’ virus and is used as a ‘live’ vaccine after the addition of an ‘adjuvant’ to stimulate an ‘immune response’.
This explains why they contain monkey DNA and also why they don’t work.

Ethical concerns: “In order to meet the constantly increasing demand for foetal serum15, 2 million pregnant cows are cut open without anaesthesia every year. The foetus is cut open without anaesthesia within and its foetal blood is taken from the beating heart. If the foetus were removed from the Mother for this procedure, much less serum could be obtained. If the mother and/or the foetuses were anaesthetised, the anaesthetics would rapidly decompose the foetal serum, as the anaesthetics cannot be removed from the serum.” – Stefan Lanka


These techniques as described really give no meaningful insight into the cause of the disease in the original host and nor do they prove the existence in reality of a complete viral genome.

Further reading

Cultivation and Assay of Viruses – Fenner, Bachman et. al.
A paper describing general isolation procedures

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 from Patient with Coronavirus Disease
A specific example of virus isolation from the CDC themselves

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 isolate SARS-CoV-2/human/TUR/IMU-SP-02/2020, complete genome
The actual ‘isolate’

A discussion of the famous paper by John Franklin Enders that purports to have isolated the measles virus

The Virus misconception part 1 – Stefan Lanka
An important paper from Stefan Lanka describing in more detail the procedural inadequacies

Andrew Kaufman testifies before the Coronavirus Investigation Committee
The first 30 minutes of this is an excellent and damning description from Kaufman

How dead are virus anyway? All claims of Virus Existence Refuted
Interview with Stefan Lanka describing ‘attenuation’
– see p. 40 for a description of calf serum extraction