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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Conference,

XMRV Debate Heats Up

(Wall Street Journal).






De gemoederen liepen kennelijk hoog op tussen Judy Mikovits en John Coffin op de NIH Workshop State of the Knowledge on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!






At NIH Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Conference, XMRV Debate Heats Up.


By Amy Dockser Marcus

April 8, 2011, 9:21 AM ET.





At the NIH’s two-day state of the knowledge workshop on chronic fatigue syndrome, which started yesterday, researchers, scientists, government officials, and patients saw two scientists square off in heated battle over whether XMRV plays a role in CFS.




Still, when asked during the heated post-presentation discussion session for his thoughts on the next scientific steps to be taken, Coffin declared that while he was still willing to consider an infectious cause for CFS, "I see the next step leaving the virus known as XMRV behind."




But Alter told the audience that he is waiting for the results of a major NIH-sponsored study, led by virus hunter Ian Lipkin, that will take blood from a large number of patients and healthy controls at multiple centers around the country and test for XMRV.


Stay tuned, Alter said, for this "critical piece coming down the pike."