XMRV and ME/CFS — The quest continues

The report of a potential retroviral link to ME/CFS, which is estimated to affect 0.2 to 0.4% of the population in developed countries, including between 400,000 and 900,000 people in the USA according to population-based data, certainly caught the world’s attention on 9th October 2009 — no bad thing for an under-researched and often-overlooked illness! The scientific report, entitled “Detection of infectious retrovirus, XMRV, in the blood cells of CFS patients”, appeared online in Science, one of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world, and described the findings of a consortium of researchers from the Whittemore Peterson Institute (WPI, located at the University of Nevada, Reno), the National Cancer Institute (part of the National Institutes of Health) and the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

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