Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Professor Lipkin: It is premature to rule out XMRV in prostate cancer or CFS

“It is premature to rule out XMRV or related viruses as factors in prostate cancer or” chronic fatigue syndrome, said Ian Lipkin, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University who wasn’t involved in the research.

While the latest research highlights the hazards of contamination, rigorous trials are needed to prove or disprove the link between XMRV and the diseases, Lipkin said in an e- mail. The U.S. National Institutes of Health is conducting such a study, he said.

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