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Is the ViroChip going to help us?

Discussion in 'XMRV Research and Replication Studies' started by Jemal, May 12, 2011.

  1. Jemal

    Jemal Senior Member

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    I was searching Pubmed en found another article about the Virochip:
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21559002

    There have already been some posts about the Virochip on this forum. It has been used to detect XMRV. The current Virochip uses information from over 1500 viruses that have been submitted to GenBank.

    Here is an explanation of how it works:
    http://www.jove.com/details.php?id=2536

    And an interview with the inventor:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/07/health/research/07conv.html

    So is this thing going to help us?
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    pamb Senior Member

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    Hi Jemal,

    Too technical for me to have a half informed opinion, but it seems this kind of technology will be a huge help in sorting out sub-groups in ME/CFS so treatment can be properly tailored. I think one of Ian Lipkins studies is looking for all sorts of viruses. Can anyone know if he is using this technology?
  3. August59

    August59 Daughters High School Graduation

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    They used this chip in the inital study and the results used to be posted on the PR website, but i can't find it anymore. I don't know why stuff gets posted for reference then when you want to discuss or reference it's gone. Advice - As soon as something shows up, make a copy of it. I might have it somewhere and i think it was in a powerpoint presentation.
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    Ecoclimber Senior Member

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    Because of confidentiality imposition, some research is moving in that direction into looking at any and all pathogens is about all I can say at the moment in regards to the subject of this thread. I know it is not much help other than some comfort that researchers are looking at all possibilities.
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    kurt Senior Member

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    I thought WPI already ran the virochip, that was reported in May of 2009 (?). They did not get any XMRV positives by the virochip in that study, but they did get some positives for HTLV.
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    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

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    My understanding was that the virochip did not pick XMRV up - they ran it well before the XMRV finding came out. Dr. Peterson seemed surprised by this...but then some mention was made that XMRV was not in the chip...so it seems unclear what was what.

    I would think the virochip samples would be a good basis for a study; that chip did seem to be the basis for reports of all these pathogens in CFS......
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    Jemal Senior Member

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    But the ViroChip is not used a lot yet I guess?
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    Ecoclimber Senior Member

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    Some scientists are moving in this direction and are researching with the possibility of the virochip and xmrv and other pathogens with sophisticated technology equipment.
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    Jemal Senior Member

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    That's good to hear!

    I just wished the ViroChip was like a test you could take at you local hospital. Give some blood and in a few days know what kind of viruses were found.
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    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

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    I'll bet ultimately it will be. Dr. Peterson said there are now tests you can take at the hospital that can quickly determine what type of flu you have, I believe using a similar type of micro-array technology.
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    August59 Daughters High School Graduation

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    The WPI has done some research with viral chips (not ViroChip) and appears to have licensed a chip. Here is the link to an older study done at the WPI involving viral array cips and cytokines. It's kind of interesting to go back to some of these old studies and compare to newer ones.

    http://www.wpinstitute.org/news/docs/Invest_in_ME_20090529_Mikovits.pdf

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