But the big difference between saying XMRV leads to CFS -- and saying HIV leads to AIDS; is that AIDS is the broken down immune system, and not the symptoms.
Well, of course it's fine to have that viewpoint on it: That XMRV causes CFS, without other factors in most cases.
My viewpoint is different.
I think what will happen years down the line is that they'll see that XMRV causes a specific immune dysfunction.
And that the Low NKCell function is part of that immune problem.
I think the 3.7% of the healthy controls in the Science study of XMRV have much of the same specific immune dysfunction that the CFS patients have.
But that they 'need' to get another specific infection to get CFS. And that most of the symptoms don't come from XMRV, but from the infection that XMRV has opened the door for.
Yes, it needs further study. What we have now are hypothesis and not answers.
I think that when the tests are perfected, they can find it in almost all of the CFS sufferers. So it's almost always a factor in the disease.
I think that when XMRV is there alone, like in the healthy controls, it causes little harm (even when other factors such as vaccines, surgery and the others mentioned has been done/happened with the patient). And that there has to be XMRV + a specific bacteriological infection that XMRV has open the door to, to become CFS.
And that they lie latent together (XMRV + specific bacteriological infection), until another factor, like the immune stressors I mentioned, sets them off.