I was just reading the CFIDSlink from the CAA http://www.cfids.org and was impressed by the CAA 6 research grant recipients. I'm not sure if I missed it before or if it is new information but I liked the sound of this with regard to Dr. Sanjay Shukla. He thinks: "Shukla hypothesizes that people with CFS do not have the right kind and balance of microbes and that exertion causes the microbes to leak across the intestine causing inflammation and metabolic disturbance." and are going to do exercise tests to investigate. (Prof de Meirleir and others have found evidence that microbes could be involved so it's unlikely to be a dead end). I always like exercise studies (as long as I don't have to take part!) as I think they get to the heart of the illness - I think a lot of the abnormalities in the condition have to be provoked (they might not show up if somebody is well-rested). And exercise abnormalities are also great from an activist point of view in pointing out that exercise is risky for us and we want to be offered more than programs that tell us to exercise more, which is what has taken over in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands and to a certain extent is unfortunately seen as "evidence-based medicine". They are also funding the Lights exercise study so (at least) two out of the 6 are looking at exercise! I liked to read the bit about Dr. Gordon Broderick: So there is "double-value" for the money in a way. I was also impressed by Dr. Vernon's response to the latest XMRV paper. It shows the value of having a proper scientist like her employed.