NIH findings raise questions on role of XMRV in CFS

08/26/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

An NIH-led study that links MLV-related viruses and chronic fatigue syndrome has raised questions among researchers on the role of XMRV, a member of the family of MLV-related viruses, in the condition. A researcher who was part of the team that associated the XMRV retrovirus with CFS in a study published last October said follow-up tests on the patients showed that aside from XMRV, they also tested positive for other MLV-related viruses. This indicates that CFS could be "a constellation of diseases, only a proportion of which will be shown to be associated with XMRV/MLV," the lead researcher of the NIH study said.

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