by Jon Michaud, newyorker.com
When we spoke last year, the journal Science had just released a study that linked chronic fatigue syndrome to a possibly contagious retrovirus. Have there been any new developments in the search for the cause of C.F.S.?
Since the Science study was published, several studies have sought to replicate it.
The results have been mixed, and in the mean time, a second strain of the retrovirus has been fingered as a possible culprit in C.F.S. The verdict is still out, but this development has spurred new research.
I feel more hopeful now than ever in my nearly twenty-four years with C.F.S., because this life-wrecking disease is finally being taken seriously and researched in greater earnest.