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

  1. Thank you for posting this!

    It’s very hard sometimes not to grow so weary of all the contention that giving up on keeping up with research seems the only option. I grow so weary of blame-the-patient ideas and stereotyping.

    I strive to be a peaceful person and so no longer confront those who insist it’s something to do with our emotional lives, past or present…but I do grow intensely weary of those who tout such cruel nonsense.

    Multiple Sclerosis was called hysterical paralysis and patients were told they’d walk if they wanted to…as late as the 1960’s. And that is only one instance.

    It is so often the case that only when a test is developed or equipment invented that the medicos suddenly say, “Oh yes, of course its organic and real; we see it right here.” And then follows the collective medicos’ pseudo-amnesia which brings no apologies or comfort to the countless numbers who’ve been injured in the meantime.

    Thanks for letting me rant – I didn’t know I had that in me when I started – so much for being a peaceful person!

    Perhaps hypocritically, I’ll sign as I normally do,


    1. No, it’s completely understandable. After all this time I, too, more often than not choose to stay on the sidelines as far as keeping up with the media’s every move. There are LOTS of others who can play the advocacy role for me, especially as these new studies get more and more ridiculous. But sometimes you just read something so unbeliavable you have to stop for a moment and go, “Is this for real? Is this honestly happening to the group that I belong to?” and.. comments ensue.


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