Tuesday, December 21, 2010

You can NOT make antibodies to a lab contaminant

By Amy Dockser Marcus, The Wall Street Journal:

XMRV: Raising the Issue of Contamination

Four papers published today in the journal Retrovirology—and a fifth one commenting on the papers—demonstrated how easy it is for mouse contamination to skew lab experiments involving the virus XMRV.

But they are unlikely to resolve the debate over whether XMRV is linked to diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome or prostate cancer, especially since the authors of the papers disagree on the interpretation of their data.

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