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THE FDA/NIH/HARVARD XMRV STUDY by Mindy Kitei

Discussion in 'XMRV Research and Replication Studies' started by Mindy Kitei, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Mindy Kitei

    Mindy Kitei

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    THE FDA/NIH/HARVARD XMRV STUDY:
    THE SAME THING,
    ONLY DIFFERENT
    by Mindy Kitei

    The just-released study detects variants of the retrovirus XMRV in most CFS patients. In addition, nearly 7 percent of the healthy U.S. controlsall of whom are blood donorstest positive, signaling the contamination of the U.S. blood supply.

    Mindy Kitei
    http://www.cfscentral.com
     
  2. Esther12

    Esther12 Senior Member

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    Thanks mindy
     
  3. urbantravels

    urbantravels disjecta membra

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    WOW.

    Kudos to Mindy for all the hard work. I can't even take all this in yet! Just WOW.
     
  4. Cort

    Cort Phoenix Rising Founder

    Well done Mindy!
    Here's what I wrote in the XMRV Buzz Page

     
  5. Mindy Kitei

    Mindy Kitei

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    Thanks, Cort!

    Mindy
     
  6. RustyJ

    RustyJ Contaminated Cell Line 'RustyJ'

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    Alter says no proven link, yet still named the virus variants CFS... This is a big endorsement

     
  7. anciendaze

    anciendaze Senior Member

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    Well, where else are you going to look for the bug, in healthy blood donors?

    Note also that the alternative explanation, if this class of virus is not the cause, is that there must be immune defects which make us more susceptible. Compare this with the CDC statement on immunology. Either way the psychogenic hypothesis has taken a serious wound.
     
  8. usedtobeperkytina

    usedtobeperkytina Senior Member

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    I just love that we have a virus named after our illness. Looks we are stuck with CFS for a while. but, it might be cool to say, "I have CFS-1 virus."

    Tina
     
  9. CBS

    CBS Senior Member

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    Kind of makes you want to call the CDC and ask for their advice on how to treat CFS-1 virus!
     
  10. Dreambirdie

    Dreambirdie work in progress

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    Great to have Mindy make some sense of this for us. THANK YOU!
     
  11. *GG*

    *GG* Senior Member

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    I'll pass on that one! Time for some reorganization or dismantling and/or lawsuits for their negligence!
     
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    Mya Symons Mya Symons

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    I have a question on the following that perhaps someone could help me answer:

    Quote from article: "After the paper was pulled in June, the researchers revisited eight of the 25 patients Komaroff supplied. The banked blood from 15 years ago was compared with fresh blood from those eight drawn this summer. Seven of the eight remained positive. According to Komaroff, the patient who became negative hadnt recovered.


    However, that doesnt mean that this retrovirus doesn't cause CFS, and it doesnt mean that the patient isnt still infected with the MLV. Since the hosts DNA becomes inextricably intertwined with a retrovirus, infection lasts for life. Besides, as noted in both the Science study and in the PNAS study, finding this retrovirus in the blood is difficult. In fact, Emory University scientists who injected XMRV into macaques this past spring reported that even when the virus was undetectable in the blood, it thrived in the reproductive organs as well as the spleen, gut, bladder, lung, liver and lymph nodes. Explained Alter, When viruses are in low titer, sometimes you can find them one day and not find them another day.


    Especially regarding the "when viruses are in low titer, sometimes you can find them one day and not find them another day.": I have been waiting for the assay/antibody test before getting tested because $450.00. is more than I can afford right now. Does this indicate that depending on the day a person is tested, there is a greater chance of a false negative with the antibody/essay test than there is with the virus culture? To be safe, should a person get both the antibody test and the virus culture? Does the antibody/assay test depend on the titer they are referring to?
     

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