Now it seems we have two German studies, one positive and one negative (Bannert). I think in both studies there were researchers involved from the RKI (Robert Koch Institut). Is there any paper available about the Bannert study?
What i'm thinking is this:
If those two studies have used different methods to try to find XMRV (i know one looked in blood and the other one in other substances, but i mean the PCR or whatever they've used), then it will probably only be a matter of time until the Bannert group repeats their study, this time using the more successful method.
This will be very interesting because it will more or less prove if the XMRV/CFS association is true or not. Now that there is another team in another part of the world that actually knows how to find XMRV, if they confirm the Science study's findings, then it will be clear enough, i think.
Does anyone know if the Bannert group could not find any XMRV at all? Or did they find the ~3% that would have to be there? If they couldn't find any, i think it's pretty safe to assume that they have used a different method compared to this latest study or did not work properly. On the other hand it seems a bit strange that people from the same institute work on studies parallely and don't exchange information about how to do it correctly. I'm really interested to see results of a study done at the RKI in PWCFS, using the techniques of this study, because i think the RKI is a good adress.
And referring to free at last and Stone, the same is to some degree true for me. When i got CFS (i never managed to pinpoint the exact date of onset because at that time i was of course not aware of the fact that this is to be taken seriously, so i did not think about it much) or around that time i was under a lot of stress, too. I was doing a lot of sports and always pushing myself to the limit. I was going through some sort of military training, which involved parachuting. I also liked to drink, smoke etc. at the weekends. Then i got some sort of infection, a bit like pneumonia, called tracheitis. Retrospectively, i could never say with certainty that this was were it started, but it would make sense.