Tagged: XMRV

XMRV-CFS, further retraction - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 27, 2011

A few days ago I reported that the editors of Science retracted the paper that initially linked the mouse virus XMRV with chronic fatigue syndrome (Lombardi et al.). While busy attending parties (and recovering in between them!) another paper that forms part of the line of evidence offered to support the idea that XMRV … Read More

The Mikovits / XMRV research saga continues - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 23, 2011

For those following the XMRV saga, or who simply like intrigue, the latest twist is that lead researcher Judy Mitovits, formerly of the Whittemore Peterson Institute–she was dismissed some time ago–has been arrested for theft of materials from the WPI. Mikovits proposed that the retrovirus Xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) was associated with chronic fatigue … Read More

Trust science, not scientists - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Nov 03, 2011

Trust science, not scientists says the title of an article written by virologist Professor Vincent Racanielo. It’s a great line. Vincent Racanielo was writing in the context of the continued saga over proposals of a link between the mouse XMRV virus (xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). My interest … Read More

Factoid and links – Sunday reading - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 25, 2011

Yup, it’s time I cleaned up my browser tabs and offered my readers pointers to a small selection of the interesting bits’n’bobs hiding there. Reading the blurb for an up-coming lecture at the University of Otago, The 1918 influenza epidemic in Polynesia, I read ’The 1918 Influenza pandemic was one of the great mortality events in … Read More

Friday round-up: zombies, cats, embargoes, XMRV papers - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 02, 2010

[caption id="attachment_2822" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Zombie-eyed* polydactyl kitten (Source: Wikimedia Commons.)"] [/caption] Scienceblogs has gone zombie. There are zombie articles coming out all over the place… A good starting point is the list PZ Myers has put together. (He fingers Scicurious as the original vector. She is happy about the Zombie Menace…) More seriously, this is a … Read More

XMRV prompts media thought: ask for the ’state of play’ - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jun 29, 2010

Previously I considered that media might ask experts what is known rather than their opinion.* [caption id="attachment_2805" align="alignleft" width="236" caption="XMRV (Source: Singh Laboratory, University of Utah.)"][/caption] The fuss about the potential link between XMRV and CFS over the past few months has reminded me of the need for coverage to present what the current state … Read More

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 10, 2009

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers the world over will be very happy that there is now reliable evidence that the  virus XMRV is a likely cause of CFS. XMRV is a retrovirus found in rats, which has previously been implicated in certain type of aggressive prostate cancer. This study ably demonstrates that 67% of CFS sufferers carry the [...] … Read More