There are lots of things wrong with this study, more than the quote above, though that certainly counts and is central to my criticism. Did Singh actually prove that she could even detect XMRV in a bona fide CFS patient to begin with? I wonder. That, to me, should be a fundamental requirement BEFORE funding a study for Pete's sake. That makes me wonder about the folks that funded this flawed study as a reflection of these results. Who would such underwriters serve with this as their results? Not me. She proved that she could detect a contaminant a small percentage of the time. What does that have to do with the discussion at hand? The "conclusions" drawn rest on really flimsy and, to my mind, unscientific thinking. A la the "feeling" remark. Well I have some feelings about this whole debacle, not just this one study but the parade of negative studies since the Science paper that I will touch on below. This whole thing smells to high heaven of exactly the same politics that sank the DeFreitas study way back in the early 90's. And with the same players no less. What is that quote about learning and paying attention to your history so as not to repeat it? This drum roll of negative studies sounds pretty much the same to my ears. If and when anyone actually stands up and actually REPLICATES the WPI study, then I'll pay attention. In the meantime it's the same old, same old and frankly I'm more than a little sick of reading about all the maneuvering with this thing. It just stinks of politics and character assassination. It may be taking place in the arena of "science" but it appears that very little true science is being done, and what science is being done is in service to other agendas. I'm sure I'm not the only person that has noticed what I mentioned above. Are we supposed to sit on our hands and be nice just because anything is being done? We have some brilliant minds in the patient population and a deep resource in the doctors who have continued to risk their medical political reputations, not to mention their personal reputations to treat sufferers with compassion. Why then, aren't these resources being treated with respect, at long last, and utilized in order to avoid reinventing the wheel? That is a huge squandering of potential, and truthfully, the lives of many who have and continue to suffer. There's nothing like enduring this horrible illness only to be used as cannon fodder for the money guys who don't want us peeking behind the curtain - just like it was 30 YEARS ago. I'm tired of being treated like an issue, a cohort, a subject, a nuisance. I'm a suffering human being, with dignity and compassion. My main request is to be treated in kind.