Although I do understand the frustration people feel surrounding XMRV, I genuinely don't understand why some people feel so negatively about the WPI. The WPI appear to me to be trying to find the cause and a treatment for ME. And I genuinely don't understand how they can be accused of doing anything other than what they believe is best for the ME community, in terms of research. If there is one thing that I think the WPI could have been more careful with, then maybe it would have been wiser not to make such bold statements early on, thus raising patients' hopes. But personally, I don't think that makes them bad people. And I understand that some people don't like the way Judy presents herself personally. But again, I don't think that makes her a bad person. That's just her character. She's a passionate person and maybe that sometimes leads to words spoken hastily. I'm sure that many scientists have imperfect characters. (And maybe a few of us do as well? I know I'm far from perfect!) In fact, scientists are stereotypically renowned for their lack of interpersonal skills. I don't believe that the WPI have set out to twist and manipulate data and facts, and pervert the history of our illness, like other well known scientists have. So I don't understand the resentment or irritation that I sense from some people. I genuinely don't understand, so if anyone would like to share their thoughts about this, either publicly or by PM, i'd be interested in hearing.