3 June 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Lab contamination led to 2009 XMRV findings
Steve Connor explains how the latest study on XMRV, led by Dr Tobias Paprotka at the US National Cancer Institute, has found that the XMRV found in the blood of CFS patients in 2009 came from a laboratory contamination in the animal cells, known as reagents, used to test their blood.
The Independent (Views Paper), p 4 and online
Implications of XMRV debate for related study
Randy Schekman, editor-in-chief of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is closely following the debate around XMRV and what it means for a 2010 study, led by Dr Harvey Alter, that found a larger family of polytropic murine leukemia viruses to which XMRV belongs in the blood of people with CFS.
Wall Street Journal, online
Pathogens of M.E. under-researched
Jason, professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago, believes that pathogens, the most promising line of investigation into the biology of M.E., are being under-researched, writes Llewellyn King for the Washington Post science blog. Mr King goes onto look at the history of M.E. and the reality of living with the illness.
Real Clear Science, online
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