I'm starting this to try and sort out some of the discussion on the "Fight is on..." thread (I've been mostly lurking for a few days - ought to be on the 'Burnout Bench' - not SW's couch - in the lounge). I have not heard anything on the blood supply question except a breif mention in the 11/19/09 minutes of the 'Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability' - HHS. Just to put this in perspective, there are 391 pages of minutes for that meeting. XMRV gets a mention at the beginning and then on to other business. I was talking with my GP last week. In November he had a healthy skepticism about the XMRV association. At this last visit we talked very briefly about transmission and the blood supply. I suggested that I did not expect to hear a word on the blood supply until the HHS could assure the public that "the blood supply was safe" and that there was "nothing to worry about." If the XMRV association holds up: 1) Develop reliable test 2) Put reliable test in place and screen all new blood 3) Test all existing supplies 4) Announce to public that there is nothing to worry about and that the supply is safe. 5) Adopt policy that anyone with 'XMRV-related CFS' be excluded from donating blood or tissue My GP's response - "Don't be too surprised." It's not that the possibility of XMRV isn't accelerating the pace of research (I suspect that it is THE primary government motivation). We're just not going to hear anything on that side of things until we can all be reassured that 'we have nothing to worry about.' I can even imagine that there will be (is?) some tension between releasing results of positive XMRV studies and the HHS being ready to make those 'assurances.'