http://engineering.stanford.edu/new...ious-virus-could-be-signal-weak-immune-system Given that Ian Lipkin found anellovirus in a large percentage of the samples he looked at, wondering if this isn't relevant to us as well. Maybe he could go back and look at the levels of anellovirus in those samples. "It looks like the anellovirus takes advantage of the lack of immune system surveillance,” De Vlaminck said. Why or how is unknown. In fact, scientists know very little about the anellovirus. Since it was first identified in 1997, it has been found in human subjects whenever scientists have looked for its genetic fingerprints. But this common bug has not been identified as the cause of any disease. But the Stanford scientists did find previous studies involving patients infected with HIV in which levels of anellovirus increased as those unfortunate patients progressed toward AIDS and the full-blown collapse of their immune systems. These two data points – the increased prevalence of anellovirus measured in the plasma of transplant patients in the Stanford study and the previous findings from AIDS research – provided strong hints that increasing levels of anellovirus indicated a weak immune system." "Put another way, lower levels of anellovirus suggest a stronger immune system and an elevated risk of organ rejection, while higher levels of anellovirus suggest a weaker immune system with a corresponding shift in risk toward vulnerability to infection."