As reported today in an excellent article by WallStreetJournal.com health writer Amy Dockser Marcus (“Chronic Fatigue [Syndrome] Link to Virus Disputed”), an FDA and NIH research paper reporting the presence of XMRV in CFS patients’ blood, in line with the October 2009 paper in Science, has been put on hold at the behest of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
Dockser Marcus learned through sources that the paper had been accepted for publication by the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). The reported reason for the hold: HHS consternation regarding a paper by the CDC, also now on hold, that had been accepted for publication by the journal Retrovirology. The CDC paper apparently stated that the CDC found no XMRV in the blood of CFS patients.
All in the interest of ensuring the accuracy of US Govt. publications – and finding some explanation for the seeming day and night discrepancy.