« Underused Lab Solvents |
| Even Worse Than Reality »
June 7, 2011
Murine Viruses and Chronic Fatigue: Does the Story Continue
Well, one day after writing an obit for the XMRV story comes this abstract from Retrovirology. The authors, from Cornell and SUNY-Buffalo, say that they've detected other murine retrovirus transcripts from CFS patients (but not in most controls), and that these are more similar to those reported in last year's Lo and Alter paper in PNAS than they are to XMRV itself.
So perhaps the story continues, and what a mess it is at this point. I continue to think that the XMRV hypothesis itself is in serious trouble, but murine retroviruses as a class are still worth following up on. This is tough work, though, because of the twin problems of detection and contamination, and it's going to be easy for people to fool themselves.
Meanwhile, Retraction Watch has more on Science's "Expression of Concern" that I wrote about yesterday. It appears that the journal asked the authors to retract the paper (so says the Wall Street Journal, anyway) but that co-author Judy Mikovits turned them down (as might have been expected from her previous stands in this area). Science released their editorial note early because of the WSJ piece.
+ TrackBacks (0) | Category: Infectious Diseases | The Scientific Literature
POST A COMMENT
- RELATED ENTRIES
- XKCD on Protein Folding
- The 2014 Chemistry Nobel: Beating the Diffraction Limit
- German Pharma, Or What's Left of It
- Sunesis Fails with Vosaroxin
- A New Way to Estimate a Compound's Chances?
- Meinwald Honored
- Molecular Biology Turns Into Chemistry
- Speaking at Northeastern