Hi Mark. I don't find it at all bizarre a researcher could knowingly commit fraud even when in retrospect outsiders are incredulous, and the researcher's career is destroyed. It has happened numerous times before and actually at very prestitious institutions. And in such case, I wouldn't find it at all bizarre that the researcher would try to hide the evidence--at that point what do they have to lose? I'm not saying it happened, in any way shape or form, but no, it's not unthinkable or bizarre. It's just human nature, and some people commit fraud or commit crimes. And yes, they are convinced they can get away with it at the time. It has been interesting reading this thread. I personally as a human being feel badly for Judy Mikovits and don't like that she's in jail. I hope some agreement can be arrived at soon so she can be released and sleep in her own bed. I was also upset on a human level that a patient had to go through the stress of having her home searched top to bottom. I personally can't imagine circumstances where she has to be jailed as a fugitive from justice. She went home. I mean, she could have travelled throughout Europe or taken a long vacation...But what do I know. I do know one thing. As far as I can see, WPI is toast. I don't think they can resurrect their reputation, ever. I was never ALL that interested in XMRV as a major cause of CFS/ME/chronic lyme etc, anyway. I do think, though, that no matter what, in fact in a perverse way, all the controversy, high drama, soap operas, etc, and even intransigence on the part of the players, highlighted this condition and helped change the dialogue forever, and that is actually a good thing. The condition is now taken seriously and there is a commitment on the part of big top researchers to help figure it out. Sadly though, I don't think they'll include chronic tickborne illness in all this....it never gets the same attention.