Sunday, September 5, 2010

NIH Director to Open XMRV Conference

I suppose it's prudent to wait to declare victory after the 
conference, but I reckon we've won. There is still a Flat Earth 
Society. "The times, they are a changing."

Jean Harrison

Director of NIH to open XMRV Conference

by XMRV Global Action on Saturday, 04 September 2010 at 22:03

Even bigger news on the XMRV/Murine Leukemia Related Virus front:  
Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health 
(overseeing an annual budget of ~$31+ Billion) will be giving the 
opening workshop at the 1st International XMRV conference.  He will be 
joined by Stuart LeGrice, head of the Center of Excellence in HIV/AIDS 
and cancer virology at the National Cancer Institutes, who was 
famously quoted in the Wall St. Journal last October:

"NCI is responding (to XMRV) like it did in the early days of HIV"

As patient bloggers have been commenting, this suggests the NIH and 
indeed NCI are taking XMRV/MLV very seriously indeed.  With Francis 
Collins' very visible participation at this conference, the 
speculation (emphasis on speculation) is that one or both of the 
following might have happened:
    •  XMRV/MLV's have been proven (behind the scenes) to cause 
aggressive familial prostate cancer and/or ME/CFS/Mantle Cell 
Lymphoma, and possibly other neuro-immune disorders
    •  XMRV/MLV's have been confirmed to be transmissible in blood products
Given the early prevalence rates in healthy blood donors of 3-7% cited 
by Dr Harvey Alter (discoverer of the Hep-C virus), this ultra-high-
level attention is perhaps not surprising. Plus there is the element of potential scandal, since ME/CFS patients have been complaining of profound viral symptoms (and dropping dead from viral cardiomyopathies and rare lymphomas) for decades – while being derided as 
  With the personal attention of the NIH director, will 
research funds will be prioritized to XMRV/MLV research and clinical 

The program can be downloaded from here:

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