Friday, December 24, 2010

Can we immunize the BMJ, Wessely and Cleare against contamination?

Chronic fatigue syndrome is not caused by XMRV virus, study shows’ – British Medical Journal December 23, 2010

From the British Medical Journal, 22 December 2010 (Story by Jo Carlowe).

Reacting to the findings, Anthony Cleare, reader in affective disorders at the Institute of Psychiatry of King’s College London, said, “The original paper linking infection with the XMRV virus with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) received widespread publicity. However, if this latest paper is correct, and XMRV is a laboratory contaminant rather than a virus that infects humans, it could explain why later studies have not confirmed any link between XMRV and CFS. Patients with CFS need much more certainty before accepting a link between XMRV and their illness.”

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