I've got one nice chunk of practical value - science. XMRV positive people in the UK are going to be so valueable to the likes of Dr Kerr and possibly even Dr Gow, it links what's happening in America to this fair isle where McClure can catagorically state XMRV is not here. Well it is. We have three of those people active now and another two active members awaiting results, this includes myself. Politically and scientifically, XMRV testing is needed here. My paying to have it done is my donation to the cause. It may not pan out but then I haven't given up a meal to have it done, just a week or two of crap health. It may not have material value to me, though I am considering trying eastern approaches while western medicine catches up as it's not hurt me in the past, but it could have a heck of a lot of material value for us as a whole community of sufferers. While the value remains unknown, it needs to be done if any effort is going to be made to find out in this country. I have my personal reasons also, I've had ME in my life since I was 11 years old and I'm turning 25 this year. It's oh so tempting to find that Big Answer for everything, but I've gone into this with eyes wide open. As soon as I've got my results, I can then decide what to do in regards to getting involved in some studies. I've already done some research in that area and if I'm positive I should be hot property It's all for the greater good.