Places I'd rather be.
Forgive me if this has already been covered, I'm a little behind sometimes. In late 2009 Hyde was very doubtful and even cynical about the relevance of XMRV in either ME or CFS, and as far as I know he hasn't changed his mind and I have no idea what he would think of the more recent Lo et al paper on MLV in "CFS":
He raised the possibility of financial incentives and laboratory contamination, but judging from my limited knowledge of his work, his preferred argument would be the discrepant incubation period. Can anyone confirm XMRV's alleged incubation period of "up to 21 days", does he have a case or is he missing the possibility that XMRV may be present a long time before the apparent infectious onset of ME and perhaps even be a requisite?
At the very least, this retrovirus discovery is great free advertising for the Whittemore Peterson Institute. It will possibly bring them in many millions of dollars from, patients willing to be separated from their assets, generous charities and governments before the retrovirus theory is once again thrown into the garbage bin. I should add that incubation period of XMRV is up to 21 days which makes it impossible to cause an epidemic illness. One theory to explain this new finding is that XMRV is a mouse virus and since many research institutes have tens of thousands of mice, cross contamination of specimens are inevitable.