23. cinderkeys on January 12, 2011 10:42 AM writes...:
"Actually it is a simple as this: patients don't make antibodies to lab contaminants."
Also, if contamination accounted for the results in the positive studies' PCR test, then why wouldn't you see contamination causing false positives in both ME patients and healthy control subjects? Why, mysteriously, only the ME population?
Yes, science is messy. Yes, it's prudent not to leap to conclusions based on first results.
But I find it odd that some members of the scientific community seem hellbent on dismissing the positive studies out of hand, using logic with holes large enough to drive a truck through. What's the motivation?