Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Mouse Virus in U.S. Government Study

The new virus and the XMRV virus implicated in the initial study last October are retroviruses, which insert themselves into the genome of the cells they infect in order to multiply. The same approach is used by HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, leading some researchers to test drugs for that deadly disease against chronic fatigue.

Merck's Isentress fought XMRV more powerfully than 44 other anti-HIV compounds in laboratory tests, according to an April study from researchers at Emory University and the University of Utah.


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