“The study, published in the journal Science, shows that the virus, called murine leukaemia virus-related virus (XMRV), was found in 68 of 101 patients from around the US with chronic fatigue syndrome. This compared with just eight of 218 healthy “controls” drawn at random from the same parts of the US, the scientists said.”
The research seems to be holding up. Hillary Johnson (Oslers Web) says this is what we have waited all these years to hear.
“The world has flipped. It took one human generation, but it turned right side up today… A nova has appeared in the constellation.”
The Whittemore Peterson Institute published it’s research in Science magazine yesterday and are continuing with their findings.
“This discovery opens an entire new avenue of Neuro-Immune Disease related research and our discovery has brought to this field world-renown immunologists and retrovirologists building our team of collaborators to translate our discoveries into new treatments as soon as possible.”
A blood test is being developed. They are mapping treatments to this retroviral infections (many drug therapies already exist that could treat it).
XMRV (and XAND) could be the key. It could be a secondary disorder, a passenger, another engima in ME/CFS. But it could be the key, the cause.
It’s early days. More research is needed. But the ripple of excitement from this particular finding is striking.