XMRV … I Dare To Hope

 I dare to hope … XMRV … Researchers *might* have found the key to ME/CFS


“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.


6 Responses to “XMRV … I Dare To Hope”

  1. 1 tillybud October 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    You keep daring to hope; it’s all that keeps you going sometimes. My husband has suffered with it for thirteen years. It’s a terrible, terrible illness.

  2. 2 tillybud October 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Me again! I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve added you to my blogroll. My blog isn’t specifically about CFS but I am trying to raise awareness and I write about it, so it would be good for people to be able to find more info than I give them.

  3. 3 Daphne October 9, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    It’s pretty exciting. I’ve been reading about it all morning. Let’s all keep our collective fingers crossed. If it is XMRV, I would think that all the AIDS research and development will be a HUGE help in quickly developing treatments. I’m suppressing excitement, but we’re going to be following this closely!

    PS: not sure if you know of my partner’s CFS blog, http://www.cfswarrior.blogspot.com.

  4. 4 Seb October 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Really hard not to get too excited over this!!! Hopefully the research and therapies and testing keep progressing. I’m so happy that in general, consciousness about this illness is improving.

  5. 5 Sue October 9, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Almost as good as the reserach itself is the media coverage – WOW! If nothing else, this is great PR for all of us with CFS – all the major news media are covering this breakthrough. Hurray!


  6. 6 Missy October 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Wow! Linked here via a search for XMRV. Found this news story elsewhere. am still in shock. Almost makes me cry.

    This is really aweseome. Here’s hoping the research continues to hold up, and happen quickly!

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