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.
♥ a rainbow at night