Fair points Esther. But my irritation comes from someone joining the forum to declare that the XMRV research is bad for ME patients, and that nothing Judy Mikovits has ever done can be trusted: "Nothing she has done, it is now clear, can be trusted." This is a rather premature statement to make, based on what we know so far. And it's not just premature - it's speculation based on a snippet of partial information. If people are so concerned about ME patients that they need to join the forum to tell us how angry they are, then I think it's quite OK for me to give them a bit of background information about ME, and to inform them why bashing Judy Mikovits is not at the top of my list of things to do right now. If someone thinks that all of our woes are as a result of Judy Mikovits, then they are entirely mistaken and misinformed, and I think it is really helpful to inform them why we have other bigger historic problems. Then they can do what they want with that information, and hopefully will use it constructively.