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October 4, 2011
XMRV: This Is Not Good
If you haven't seen this XMRV news, then you should. The very day after I wrote my most recent post on the subject came this one from ERV over at Scienceblogs.
There are two key figures in it: one from the original Science paper, showing infected patients expressing XMRV Gag protein (a sign of viral infection). And the other was presented recently by Judy Mikovits at a conference in Ottowa. It shows a different experiment - Gag protein being expressed in some other patients only after treatment with 5-azacytidine. The problem is. . .well. . .I'll let you go see for yourselves what the problem is. It most definitely needs explaining, and the explanations had better be good.
Update: continued unraveling. Mikovits herself has been fired from her research institute, apparently for other causes.
Second update: The Chicago Tribune is on this story, breaking it to a wider public. For a link to the alleged third version of the Mikovits figure, see the comments to this post below.
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