Hi everyone. A couple of weeks ago, I emailed Professor Simon Wessely of Kings College London, asking him for a response to the XMRV breakthrough in Nevada. I pasted his reply here, but he requested that I not publish his words without permission. In summary though, he said that he found the news fascinating, but didn't expect other studies to replicate the results. The thread ended up going off topic, and some heated argument ensued, so at the request of Koan, I've started this thread where we can hopefully discuss Professor Simon Wessely in relation to the XMRV breakthrough. The WPI findings in Reno offer some of the most compelling evidence yet that ME/CFS is an organic condition, and that the psychiatric paradigm is redundant. This is a very emotive subject for some people, because Professor Simon Wessely, a proponent of the psychiatric paradigm, is one of the major players in the world of ME/CFS. I would ask that people please be objective, brief, diplomatic and respectful, in the interest of keeping the thread coherent and useful. ____________ To get started, I would be interested in peoples views on some of the following questions: What has the breakthrough in Reno done for Professor Simon Wesselys reputation and career? Simon Wessely seems to be "digging his heels in" somewhat. What sort of evidence or breakthrough will be needed to convince him that ME/CFS is not a psychiatric condition? Do the findings in Reno explode the psychiatric paradigm or is there room for compromise? Thanks for anyone who contributes.