Good, than you can contact Dr. Mikovits and ask her. I'm sure you know her email address. It was said on the ME/CFS forums that Dr. Mikovits says it costs 2,500$ to sequence one isolate. This is a rumor, and I don't know if that's accurate. It could be that it is accurate and that Racaniello is talking about another sequencing method which costs much less (but the techniques that he supported so far seem to not be able to find XMRV, for some reason, so perhaps this is also why you need a more expensive technique). Also, Dr. Mikovits talks sometimes about "bulk cloning" against "indivudually cloning" - the latter is much better, and perhaps that's also what happens in sequencing - I don't know. But again, if Dr. Mikovits says that it costs 2,500$ for each, than that's what it costs (and she can probably explain why Racaniello talks about 81$...), and therefore, I WOULD URGE YOU AGAIN, CORT, TO ASK HER - SO THAT WE CAN KNOW WHAT SHE REALLY SAYS AND WE CAN GIVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN, BEFORE PEOPLE START TO DOUBT HER WITH NO FACTS IN THEIR HANDS.