Any betting people on here?
My bet that they are going to go in the direction of 'yes it is there but it does not do anything... only a passanger.'.
Then when CFS high incidence is confirmed they are going to stick to the line of 'pwc catch it because they are immune compromised. they are immune compromised because of stress and depression. they are depressed because they are somatising. somatisation causes immune suppresssion. xmrv is there but not pathogenic and should not be treated etc etc.
They will do their best and for sure, passenger virus will be the next line of defense. It'll be interesting. I'm sure that people are looking for XMRV in other diseases as we speak. If it shows up in say 10 or 20% of X disease and 75% of CFS patients how are they going to explain that? Even if it is a 'passenger virus' why would it have such higher prevalence in CFS? That would indicate some pretty nasty immune dysfunction wouldn't it?
Of course they will say....yes, they are deconditioned, their immune systems are crap because of that...but most of us aren't deconditiioned. I may not be 'conditioned' but I'm certainly not 'deconditioned'. I have a feeling that won't go far..[plus the retrovirologists don't give a fig about the cognitive behavioral therapists or Dr. Wessely or Peter White or whoever. Wessely is in his world and they're in theirs.
The retrovirologists want a new bug, they have lots of money, they have lots of tools, the infrastructure is there and they'll jump all over it and us once those positive studies start flooding in. Once they start finding XMRV the science will out; the heavy technology in the US will come to bear (as it is now) on XMRV and the little CBT crowd in the UK will scatter. It'll be like a big battleship turning its guns on a little frigate - kaboom!
All XMRV has to do is keep proving itself (still a question, of course) and the research community in the US and elsewhere will do the rest. This bad six months will be a blip on screen if those positive studies start rolling in. That's my expectation.