I'll try to gather information as much as possible, and I hope my brain functions well...
I was at the symposium, but arrived a bit late and missed more than half of F.Ruscetti's presentation. However, I must admit, there was more news after the symposium. I was a bit lucky, meeting a professor who I knew from a University clinic and he started to talk with Prof. De Meirleir .
What has been told during the symposium ? Let me say that Prof. De Meirleir didn't give a presentation, officially because it was too cold in the auditorium, unofficially, because they want to stay 'low profile' for the time being and let other scientists do their (positive) work.
- F. Ruscetti talked mainly about prostate cancer and how they detected XMRV in the urine. They tested the urine for mitochondrial mouse DNA, and there was no, so contamination was no issue. They found antibodies against enzymes P12 and P30.
He also questioned why there have been 'negative' studies:
Prof. De Meirleir agreed with the other Professor, that fully sequenced viruses needed to be in the official gendb. Until now, J. Mikovits keeps it in her gendb, which creates more doubt about her findings.
About the other Professor: no, he remains sceptical on XMRV, because the variation seen with XMRV is not typical to retroviruses, who mutate much. On the other hand, he clearly believes a retrovirus is involved.