BREAKING NEWS – NIH/FDA study detects XMRV variants in CFS patients

At 3:00 pm Eastern time on Monday, August 23, the National Institutes of Health held a special telebriefing for the world’s press to announce publication of the long-awaited article by NIH, FDA, and Harvard Medical School researchers Harvey Alter, et al. It reports evidence of murine leukemia virus-related viruses (MLV) in the blood of 32 of 37 CFS patients tested. (XMRV is one of several variants of the MLV family of retroviruses, and the findings 'clearly support' the WPI team's Oct 2009 paper in Science, the researchers stated.)

To listen to a recording of the telebriefing, call 866-373-4990 & enter code 5711.

For much more on the study's 'backstory,' see Mindy Kitei's report at – "The FDA/NIH/Harvard 'XMRV' study: The same thing, only different."

The Alter, et al. article ("Detection of MLV-related virus gene sequences in blood of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and healthy controls" – a PDF file), which had been under strict embargo, was posted online August 23 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Please join in congratulating the authors and all who have contributed to the science so far!

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