Another voice has spoken up (this time the Madrid string theorist Enrique Alvarez) in the interesting controversy over the claim that string theory encompasses gravity. Alvarez paper is http://arxiv.org/hep-th/0501146 a revised copy was posted this month, March 2005. Here is a quote from Alvarez section 5, Conclusions, page 14: "...Given the fact that the equations of motion are identical, and, as we have shown, this property remains true when higher order (in the curvature) corrections are considered, it is clear that the identification of the low energy limit of string theories as general relativity is premature;..." On page 2, Alvarez cites a paper by Padmanabhan as previous work: From Gravitons to Gravity, Myth or Reality? http://www.arxiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0409089 We had a discussion of the Padmanabhan paper here at PF back in November. selfAdjoint noticed the paper and started a thread called String Gravitons Yield GR. NOT. https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=44414 The thread about Padmanabhan's paper attracted lively interest and discussion. It was expected that it would be answered by string theorists who would attempt to vindicate the claim that string theory includes some recognizable form of Gen Rel. However several months have gone by since November and the Padmanabhan paper has not been challenged. Now Alvarez (a string theorist at least until the last few years) has posted a paper that in a general way agrees with Padmanabhan's conclusions. I hope and expect that we have not heard the end of this, and that someone will attempt to raise the string banner saying "We Do Gravity Too!" and openly demonstrate some error in Padmanabhan or Alvarez work. So far the indication is that string theorists just discuss the paper privately and do not make their objections public. Well it is potentially an interesting controversy so I am going to gather the essentials here in this "update" thread. Including Padmanabhan's abstract, which we never got around to entering in the November discussion in String Gravitons Yield GR. NOT.