Article: “XMRV: A Human Retrovirus with Unknown Pathogenic Potential, Not a Lab Contaminate”

The Whittemore Peterson Institute has issued a statement concerning the claims about XMRV simply being a lab contaminate:

January 1, 2010

The recent proclamation that “XMRV is not the cause of CFS,” came from an individual who did laboratory experiments to show how PCR experiments can become contaminated. These results have nothing to do with the reality of a disease or the methods used by those who have detected XMRV in the blood and tissue of patients found to be infected. …

Most significantly, the recent Retrovirology publications failed to address the most important pieces of scientific evidence of human infection in the previous XMRV studies, including the fact that XMRV positive patients produce human antibodies to gamma retroviruses, XMRV integrates into human tissues, and infectious virus has been cultured from the blood of hundreds of patients with a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and M.E. Humans do not make antibody responses to mouse DNA sequences from contaminated lab experiments. The Retrovirology studies only point out that XMRV research cannot be done in a mouse laboratory without extreme caution and should not rely solely on PCR methods.


And this is why I adore this facility: They were aware from the beginning how much various interest groups and the media would try to downplay this virus and its significance. They’ve had to issue at least three statements (that I can think of at the moment) to combat the controversial (and false) statements made by various government and media sources. But they don’t back down. They continue to fight for us, knowing that most of us are too ill to fight back all on our own. And for that, we are all grateful.

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FINALLY! American Red Cross bans CFS patients from blood donation indefinitely

It’s about time!

“The American Red Cross announced Friday that it is barring people with chronic fatigue syndrome from donating blood to reduce the risk of transmitting a virus that has been associated with the disease.

The virus is known as xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus or XMRV. Some studies have found that people with chronic fatigue syndrome are more likely to carry the virus. But it remains far from clear whether the virus causes the disease.

Nevertheless, the Red Cross decided to bar people with the syndrome from donating “in the interest of patient and donor safety,” according to an announcement from the organization.”

Source: Red Cross bars chronic fatigue patients from donating blood

See also: American Red Cross Statement on XMRV and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Completely unrelated, but: Today I got an “official” diagnosis of ocular migraines. Thanks for that, Lyme disease. On the plus side, no consistent vasculitis in my eyes, and my vision is the same level of impaired that it’s been since I was.. wow, twelve! This is ironic, because in the waiting room I had trouble reading the paperwork, a recent development; how transient these symptoms can be!

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