Does XMRV prove the Wessely school wrong?
When Lo et al published data in Science that suggested a possible link
between XMRV and CFS numerous investigations followed. The follow-up
demonstrated and continues to confirm an uncomfortable truth. There is an awful lot
for science yet to learn and the more gullible individuals of the 'Star
Trek' generation have been cruelly deceived [A dream that became a reality and
spread throughout the stars].
Ongoing XMRV/MLV investigations appear to show that there is contamination
of cell-lines, laboratories, and even DNA collection equipment. It is
sobering to think that all these scientists studying microbes have been doing
their work quite oblivious to the veritable cloud of mouse and retroviral
DNA which surrounds them [No, I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space.].
This shows that locating and identifying microbes is nowhere near as
straightforward as Star Trek led some of us to believe. Even when doctors and
scientists know exactly what they are looking for the best tests available
can fail. When they are not sure what they are looking for and especially if
the microbe is unfamiliar, the difficulties of detection multiply
enormously. [It's life Jim, but not as we know it]
This suggests that it is entirely possible that there are harmful microbes
common to people with M.E. or CFS or subgroups just waiting to be
discovered or confirmed.
The theories of the Wessely school are highly dependent upon the
non-existence of such microbes. Their theories require that 'medically unexplained'
effectively means the same as 'there is no infection'. In the light of XMRV
research such faith in modern science appears naïve. [Warp 7, Mr Sulu]
The tottering tower of Wessely school theories is built on a foundation so
airy-fairy that surely no sensible person would want to live there. It
requires constant propping-up with the denial of evidence for disease in M.E.
and CFS [divert all power to the shields, Scotty]; the non-existence of
pathogens associated with these illnesses [Do you know what it is, Captain? :
Something that cannot possibly exist] and belief in some fantastical
capabilities of science and medicine. [By golly, Jim… I'm beginning to think I
can cure a rainy day]
The vital research into XMRV will doubtless continue. But already amongst
its contributions to science and medicine is the humbling reminder that
there is still a lot to be learned; perhaps more by some than others. [My God,
they sucked his brains out]
[if you spotted the non-Trekkie quote, award yourself 10 points]