Monday, August 23, 2010
CFS Central: BLOOD FEUD
"Critics caution, however, that it's essential to follow the identical protocol of the original study to validate or disprove it, and if the researchers don't, they're in essence comparing apples to oranges. Interestingly, one of the authors of the second British study was an investigator on a study that failed to replicate the retroviral CFS research of Dr. Elaine DeFreitas at University of Pennsylvania's Wistar Institute 20 years ago. Back then, that scientist didn't follow DeFreitas's protocol either, and the media mislabeled the study a replication as well. ... It's possible the British studies couldn't find XMRV in the blood because it's not where the retrovirus likes to hang out. In addition, a German study published June 16 found XMRV in the respiratory tracts..."