Wednesday, January 5, 2011

XMRV cannot and should not be dismissed lightly

Annette Whittemore, President, Whittemore Peterson Institute:

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.

Many researchers realize that the question of gamma retroviruses and human disease cannot and should not be dismissed lightly. Retroviruses integrate into their host’s DNA causing life long infection.

Human retroviruses, such as HIV and HTLV-1, are causative for immune deficiencies, neurological disease and cancer. Other studies

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