Monday, August 23, 2010

Study reignites debate over virus' role in chronic fatigue - L.A.Times

"researchers from three different government agencies said they had found the virus in stored and fresh blood samples."

"The illness itself has a long history of controversy. Thought to affect at least 1 million Americans and 17 million people worldwide, it is characterized by debilitating fatigue, chronic pain and depression, among other symptoms. But because there are no biochemical markers to identify it, some physicians still argue that it resides mostly in the minds of patients; activists contend that the CDC and other government agencies have refused to study the disease adequately."

We're delighted," said Judy A. Mikovits, the lead researcher at the Whittemore Peterson Institute. "This is the first group that attempted to replicate the study using our methods." She said her group would present additional positive findings at a meeting in Washington in two weeks."

"The key difference in the new study is that the government team found viruses that appeared to be polytopic. That is, they can replicate in more than one species, including mice and humans. The original virus isolated in Nevada was xenotopic — it could grow in humans but not in mice."


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