Monday, September 5, 2011

Recombinant HPV DNA Found In Multiple Samples Of Gardasil

Special Report:  Gardasil – A Vaccine Gone Bad
Monday, September 5, 2011
6 to 7 pm MST
KRFC FM 88.9 Fort Collins, CO
Audio Streamed at

SANE Vax Inc. Discovers Potential Biohazard Contaminant in
Merck’s Gardasil
HPV 4 Vaccine

Gardasil victim found to have HPV DNA in her blood 2 Years Post-Vaccination

13 different vaccine vials – 13 different lots of Gardasil from around the world tested

Results - 100% contamination with HPV Recombinant DNA.

Greetings – SANE Vax Inc. wants to inform HPV Vaccine advocates around the world that SANE Vax will be releasing our findings on Gardasil contamination on Monday, September 5, (Labor Day night).

Talk show host  Leslie Carol Botha will host the SANE Vax Inc. Board of Directors to announce the results of their research into what they believe may be associated with the mounting deaths and adverse reactions after vaccination with  Merck & Co.’s HPV Quadrivalent Vaccine, Gardasil. ™ The one-hour interview, on Botha’s show, Holy Hormones Honey! The Greatest Story Never Told will be heard exclusively on Fort Collins, CO community radio station KRFC FM 88.9 from 6 to 7 pm MST. The broadcast will be audio streamed at

After months of research, SANE Vax Inc. has discovered a substance many government health and safety agencies classify as a biohazard, contaminating Gardasil. SANE Vax Inc. contracted with an independent lab to test for contamination and found HPV genetically modified (recombinant) DNA (rDNA) in 100% of the samples tested.  The 13 Gardasil vials, with different lot numbers were from New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Poland, France, and three states in the U.S.  All contaminating recombinant HPV DNA was firmly attached to the aluminum adjuvant in the vaccine.

SANE Vax Inc. has notified the FDA of their findings via certified letter mailed on August 29.  On September 5 & 6, SANE Vax Inc., press releases will be distributed to media outlets worldwide.
You are invited to listen to the interview and email questions you may have for the SANE Vax team during the one-hour long broadcast to or

Due to the sensitive nature of this topic, the SANE Vax team is requesting that any information disclosed be held in strictest confidence until Monday, September 5 when SANE Vax Inc.  will issue its first formal press release.  A copy will be emailed directly to you.

Ed – this is my letter and enclosures.  As I said you can use this information with your politicians tomorrow (know my information is mainly for the attention of the UK and European politicians) but certainly the questions are relevant and most certainly the two Press Releases are there for them to see. 

If you have any questions do come back to me. 

Will gather links/reactions to all of this and send on to you for you to put together for your blog. 

Look forward to seeing it.  This gives you a chance to digest all of this.   Good speaking with you.



The two Press Releases, the one attached above “Sane Vax Inc announces the discovery of Viral HPV DNA Contaminant in Gardasil and the following link to “Sane Vax Inc discovers potential biohazard contamination in Merck’s Gardasil HPV 4 Vaccine” have to both be read to be believed.

By accident and not by design, information was sent to Sane Vax Inc from a mother in Canada who advised us that her daughter was found to have HPV DNA in her blood 2 Years Post-Vaccination with Gardasil. This was verified by Dr Sin Hang Lee, Pathologist at the Milford Hospital Pathology Laboratory who found no reason to question the local laboratory’s findings.

As it was regarded that this discovery was ‘not normal’ it was decided to analyze a vial of Gardasil. This sample tested positive for recombinant (genetically engineered) viral HPV-11 and viral HPV-18 residues, both of which were firmly attached to the aluminium adjuvant. To make certain that this analysis could be replicated it was decided to obtain other vials, with different lots numbers from various countries around the world. The Gardasil vials with different lot numbers were from New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Poland, France and three states in the U.S. 100% of the samples tested positive for the presence of the genetically modified HPV DNA and the lots tested came from four separate manufacturing facilities.

As indicated above this discovery was by accident and not by design. However, it raises many serious issues which now have to be dealt with by our respective governments in London, in Edinburgh and by the European Parliament. We have been advised by the JCVI, by the European Parliament, by the FDA and by Merck that the HPV vaccines do not contain any viral DNA. This is recorded in links 1, 2 and 3 below and is the official wording from these organisations.

There Are Now Many Serious Questions Which Have To Be Raised Regarding This Discovery:

  • What action do the UK Government, Scottish Parliament and European Parliament intend to take on this matter?

  • Gardasil is licensed in the UK and comes under the safety umbrella of our Government’s Agencies; Cervarix has been administered in our schools since 2008 (though there is speculation that it will be replaced in the UK by Gardasil) and it is imperative that the same type of analysis has to be carried out to ensure the safety of Cervarix;

  • In the light of what has been discovered nothing can be taken for granted; 

  • How many adolescents who have suffered adverse reactions post Gardasil vaccination have HPV DNA in their blood?

  • What are the medical ramifications if HPV DNA should remain in the blood stream for an extended period of time?

  • Is the aluminium adjuvant a carrier for the HPV DNA?

  • What happens if genetically engineered DNA enters a human host cell?

  • Will it mutate the host cell leading towards cancer and other autoimmune disorders?

  • The Medical profession and consumers need to have these questions answered NOW because of the new programme which starts again this September; otherwise serious repercussions could arise if no action is taken;

  • Will proper checks be carried out on Cervarix to ensure that this vaccine does not contain any contaminations bearing in mind it is also a genetically modified vaccine produced by similar manufacturing techniques?

  • Many reports and correspondence have been sent to the UK and Scottish governments informing them of girls who have become seriously ill after vaccination with Cervarix, very similar symptoms to girls who became ill after Gardasil; could these now come back to haunt them if this information is not taken seriously and proper investigations carried out?
Freda Birrell
East Lothian – Scotland
Secretary Sane Vax Inc –

(end of page 1 and beginning of page 2):

HPV vaccines are sub-unit vaccines made from the major protein of the viral-coat or capsid of HPV.Virus-like particles (VLPs) are prepared as recombinant proteins from either yeast or baculovirus infected cells that are derived from a type of moth.VLPs mimic the structure of the natural virus but do not contain any viral DNA.

This is a reference to both Gardasil and Cervarix – Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

See 5. Pharmacological Properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties
….. Since the VLPs contain no viral DNA, they cannot infect cells, reproduce or cause disease. This is a reference to Cervarix, European Medicines Agency

Page 12, 3.2
3.2 GARDASIL®- The Quadrivalent HPV (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Vaccine

…. GARDASIL® is not a live virus vaccine; it contains no viral DNA, and is therefore incapable of causing infection.

Explanation of the word ‘Viral’
Viral is any DNA (whole or partial) that originally came from a virus, in this case the HPV virus, and that could include natural DNA, wild DNA or genetically engineered DNA

CT MD Test Prompts SANE Vax to Request FDA Probe Public of Safety Investigation of HPV Test; DNA Contamination in Gardasil

 SANE Vax Inc. announced it sent a certified letter to FDA Commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg to inform the agency 100% of 13 samples of Merck & Companies HPV 4 Quadrivalent vaccine, Gardasil™ have been found to be contaminated with HPV DNA.  The vaccine vials were from different lots currently marketed in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France and Poland.
Medical consumers from these countries asked SANE Vax Inc. to help determine if there is residual recombinant HPV DNA in the Gardasil™ vaccine currently used by their doctors. They are concerned that the recombinant DNA, if present, may have triggered some of the autoimmune-based inflammatory disorders and malignant tumors observed among children/young women after receiving Gardasil™ vaccinations.
According to Norma Erickson, president of SANE Vax,  “A sexually naïve girl developed acute juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at age 13 within 24 hours after the third Gardasil™ injection and her blood sample - tested two years later - was found to be positive for HPV DNA by a local clinical laboratory.”  A possible connection between HPV DNA in Gardasil™ and leukemia or lymphoma has also been raised by vaccine safety advocates, said Erickson. The HPV DNA testing was performed by Dr. Sin Hang Lee, a pathologist at the Milford Hospital pathology laboratory known in using cutting-edge DNA sequencing for molecular diagnoses. This methodology was first reported to the FDA in 2006 and has been published in various peer-reviewed scientific journals, stated Erickson.



SANE Vax Inc. Discovers Potential Bio-hazard Contaminant in Merck’s Gardasil™ HPV 4 Vaccine | SaneVax. 100% of vials tested from New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Poland, France and three states in the U.S. contained genetically modified HPV Recombinant DNA from HPV-11 and HPV-18. These contaminants were firmly attached to aluminum adjuvants, which result in the DNA persisting in the blood for years after vaccination.

Commissioner Hamburg has been notified so that appropriate action can be taken to protect public safety.

Merck’s Gardasil Patient Product Inserts states that the vaccine contains “no viral DNA” in the Gardasil vaccine, indicating that it was known to be an undesirable component, and therefore required assurances of its absence. That assurance was removed from the product insert in April 2011, indicating some possible knowledge by the company that it had been detected, yet no measures were taken to notify the public or suspend distribution until the product could be tested and assured of purity and safety.

This contamination would not have been revealed but for independent laboratory testing. The results of this research underscores the need for independent research funded by foundations and philanthropists with no financial ties to the drug industry. Conflicting and competing financial interests prevent patient safety from being the highest priority of our FDA and related health agencies.

Related information on rDNA contamination can be read here  and here


Hilary Butler - Monday, September 05, 2011


A few days ago, an American organisation put on their website a copy of a letter sent to the FDA, in which they stated that thirteen samples of Gardasil from Poland, France, Spain, USA, New Zealand and Australiamade in four different Merck factories (USA, Holland, France and CSL Australia) had been tested, and found to contain genetically engineered dna fragments which the purification process failed to remove.  Yesterday, a more detailed press release was put onto SANE-Vax's site, which showed samples contaminated with HPV DNA 11 and 18.  The New Zealand results can be seen here. 

One of the genetically engineered particles found is said to be  a genetically engineered syntheticaly constructed gene designed to instruct the yeast or baculovirus cells, to make the HPV-11 outer capsid protein (virus-like particles) for the Gardasil vaccine.

This is the Pubmed site for GenBank Locus SCU55993, which is the picture below, of ONE of the alleged contaminants:

Wavy lines mean nothing to me, and probably nothing to you.

SANE-vax's letter doesn't specifically say what the other contaminants are, but say that the rest of their proof is available for review provided that FDA provides " appropriate safeguards ... to protect the proprietary processes and information utilized by our laboratory to test the samples." 
To me, no platitudes and fob-offs on this issue are acceptable.

The first question that comes to mind is, 

This isn't a quality issue in one factory.

The problem, according to the testing done by SANE-vax shows;



A global manufacturing issue relating to vaccine design, process and purity - IS - a big deal.

The next question is: 
I don't know, since this is going where no-one has gone before.

This is not like the situation recently when porcine viruses were found, as a contaminant of tripsin in the Rotavirus vaccine.

We are talking about the alleged laboratory identification of ONE specific genetically modified viral sequence (GenBank Locus SCU55993) spliced into the DNA of another species, for the manufacture of Gardasil, plus other so far unspecified "contaminants".



During the licensure process Merck assured the FDA that Gardasil had no DNA in it, but nowhere on the FDA website are there any tests which proved that.  And this is the first ever vaccine which specifically claims there is no DNA in the vaccine.

As a matter of historical interest, Dr Maurice Hilleman, whose name is synonymous with Merck said in this article about mammalian cell cultures:
"The principal concern for safety lies with retention of residual DNA in the vaccine, especially since induction of cancer is a single-cell phenomenon, and a single functional unit of foreign DNA integrated into the host cell genome might serve to induce cell transformation as a single event or part of a series of multifactorial events. Current proposed standards for vaccines would permit contamination with up to 100 pg of heterologous DNA per dose. This is equivalent to about 10(8) "functional lengths" of DNA. Total safety would seem to require complete absence of DNA from the product."

However, the next sentence indicates that it didn't seem to occur to him that vaccines made in bacteria or yeast might also potentially contain DNA fragments.

(Out of interest for those who want more detail, here is a copy of the FDA regulations for "safety" and the regulation for "contaminants" as well as their Guidelines to Industry.)

So the next question is:


Since Gardasil was brought into New Zealand, Medsafe has consistently had this comment on their website:

"Because the virus-like particles contain no viral DNA, they cannot infect cells or reproduce." 

This is stated in the CSL 2008 and CSL 2011

It's also stated in a product sheet I obtained in 2009 (scan here).
The UK Government goes further and says that:

"HPV vaccines are sub-unit vaccines made from the major protein of the viral-coat or capsid of HPV.Virus-like particles (VLPs) are prepared as recombinant proteins from either yeast or baculovirus infected cells that are derived from a type of moth. VLPs mimic the structure of the natural virus but do not contain any viral DNA." (end of page 1, beginning of page 2)  (pdf here)

HOWEVER, I note the most recent American patient information and product information does not contain any comment of this type, which is interesting and leads to this question:


They used to be there...    Um, er,... ??
The next question is....


Here are OIA copies of the New Zealand Gardasil application by Merck, with masses of text "blacked out".

Medsafe did ask Merck questions, because they were concerned there were:
 no "filter integrity tests" neither were there any "impurity tests".  (See underscorings in application)

The answers Merck came back with appeared to convince Medsafe that neither tests were necessary, so Medsafe approved a vaccine for which a final purity test did not exist - as per their own documents.

The next question is:


Yes.  These medical articles expressing concern about residual DNA were published in medical journals in: 1974, 1982, and 1991.

This 2010 article though, takes a very blase stance on DNA contamination considering it no big deal.

In this recent document pdf'd from their website, FDA said that the technology they use is inadequate to detect vaccine culture contaminants in vaccine made on the new tumor cell cultures. This also applies to normal vaccines.

The shortcomings of the technology has been a subject of discussion for years.  This 2008 medical articlestates, "tests that are used to rule out the presence of adventitious agents have been recognized as areas that could benefit greatly from studies using state-of-the-art techniques." 

This medical article by Pawlita in 1996, is very interesting, because it shows that virus-like particles assembled in nuclei of insect cells have been shown in the past, to be sufficient to unspecifically encapsidate DNA.

(Extra general information: the Office of Environmental Health and Safety published this document in 2006, relating to recombinant - or genetically engineered DNA in general.

The next question is:


Medsafe data sheets say that the "virus-like particles are adsorbed onto ... aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate".  According to SANE-vax's press release yesterday, the testing laboratory found that the DNA fragments were tightly bound to the aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate!!

The next question is:


Short answer - the medical literature doesn't say specifically.
If this finding is accurate, Gardasil is an aluminium adjuvanted genetically engineered DNA vaccine, not just a virus-like particle vaccine.  Given that the vaccine also has polysorbate as an ingredient, which makes the blood brain barrier more accessible, polysorbate increases the ability for DNA fragments, bound tightly to aluminium, to gain access to the brain, and set up inflammation.

There are several issues here, the first being what aluminium adjuvants do in the body and how they work.  The most recent medical papers on these issues are a 2011 paper by Marichall, which says that aluminium appears to work by releasing large amounts of human DNA into the body. What the body does with that, is unstated. We already know that repeat vaccination can result in autoimmunity. 

Other medical authors - Shoenfeld 2010, 2011, and Tomljenovic 2011 discuss worrying issues surrounding aluminium as an adjuvant. Exley 2009 has also suggested that aluminium adjuvant is related to chronic fatigue syndrome.


Other than what is suggested in Wills 1982, regarding recombinant hepatitis B DNA in chimps, no-one knows, because it's not been studied since, ...  that I can see. 

The next question is:


Officially this is what CARM has to say.  Unofficially, I continue to get reports like this one I got yesterday which is altered, redacted and rewritten for clarity:

"My daughter is 12 and was given Gardasil in March 2011. Initially she felt faint, had a red arm with a hard lump at the site for a month. She had a fever of over 38 + that evening and slept. Her muscles have ached since then.  She also had abdominal pain after the vacine that was diagnosed as ovarian cyct ?? or an inflamed appendicitis that ? burst and she had ? peritonitis and was given a lot of antibiotics. Gluten intolerance was diagnosed after that.

Since then these symptoms have got worse: She has not been sleeping well, constant fatigue, muscle and joint aches, blacking outs, fainting, twitching, seizures of a type, stuttering, and rash behind her ears, headaches, migraines etc. She can't go to school."

Let's take three of the problems mentioned in the case above:

Fainting, or repeated blacking out.  This is considered by the FDA and the medical system, to be typical female hysterics. However, fainting might also be explained as a symptom of POTS syndrome, which is what most Gardasil Girls I talk to have appear to be suffering.  Potts syndrome, is a defined medical entity and not a result of needle hysteria.

Seizures. There has been a case of myoclonic seizures reported, but the fact is that brain inflammation can cause seizures. Polysorbate makes the blood brain barrier more accessible, so theoretically can take the aluminium/antigen across the brain barrier, making inflammation more of a possibility.

Joint pain.  This is a "constant" amongst many of the girls who have serious reactions to Gardasil.  But if there is DNA in the vaccine Zhong 2007 shows that antibody bound DNA can indeed cause "joint pain". Problem being, that no-one's looking at the "Gardasil Unwanted Effects" elephant in the room.

Parents are always told that joint pain, blacking out and seizures are nothing to do with Gardasil. However, pain at site is sometimes admitted to. After all, that's "no big deal".  

The next question is:


The UK produced this document in June 2010, but doesn't specify the vaccine.  Cervarix is mainly used in UK, and is made using the same process as Gardasil, but using a different adjuvant. As you see, the list is very long indeed, but again, most of these aren't considered "causal". You will find USA reported side effects, such as Judicial Watch, by doing a Google search.

A US consumer driven survey can be found here.

Given that both HPV vaccines (Cervarix and Gardasil) are causing an outcry world wide with large numbers of girls coming down with what looks like autoimmunity and other serious neurological and immunological reactions after vaccination, another question comes to mind:



The same question could be asked about the Hepatitis B vaccine!


·         Gardasil is the first vaccine to be marketed specifically stating that the vaccine contains no HPVDNA.

·         If the findings of SANE-vax are correct, then Merck's licensure information and assurances to Medsafe mean nothing

·         It is of interest to me that the three vaccines made using the same method are Recombinant Hepatitis B vaccine, Gardasil and Cervarix

·         All of these vaccines, have generated the most parent-reported case histories relating to demyelination, neurological disorders, chronic ill health of many kinds, and autoimmunity.

·         All medical authorities have stated that all unwanted health issues after Hepatitis B vaccine, gardasil and cervarix are coincidental, and due to idiosyncracies in the vaccine recipient.  In other words, these "events" would have happened anyway, because the person had a genetic susceptibility to that problem. This 2011 article looking at this issue in drugs, doesn't mention vaccines.


As I see it, FDA must ask SANE-vax to be given access to the information provided by the laboratory, describing what they found and with the necessary protection requested, regarding the testing procedures. 


Merck has it's back to the wall with this issue.  What strategies will Merck employ?

Gardasil was to be their saviour to help pay off the Vioxx lawsuits, and the "vaccination sacred cow" is much too large an industry to allow such a possible finding to get any real "traction".


·         FDA call a committee to review the evidence, and involve the ACIP (FDA Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices)?

·         FDA challenge the results of SANE-vax's laboratory findings?

·         FDA, if genetically engineered DNA is confirmed, deny the significance of that DNA?

·         FDA and vaccine defenders then accuse SANEvax of spreading FUD (fear and unwarranted dread)?


When the Polio vaccine was found to be globally contaminated with SV40, a decision was made by the FDA to whitewash, bluster, and downplay the significance of the vaccine contaminants (which continues to this day!) for the reasons mentioned in these 1984 regulation, - that:

"any possible doubts, whether or not well founded, about the safety of the vaccine cannot be allowed to exist in view of the need to assure that the vaccine will continue to be used to the maximum extent consistent with the nation's public health objectives."

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