Detection of MLV-related virus gene sequences in blood of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and healthy blood donors
The whooshing sound you've been hearing all day? That would be the collective exhales of everybody in the ME/CFS community. The paper is out, and the results are positive.
- Alter et al did NOT find XMRV (xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus) in either the ME/CFS subjects or the healthy controls. However ...
- XMRV is a member of the MLV (murine leukemia virus) family, and they did find other MLV-related viruses in 87 percent of the ME/CFS subjects, as compared to 7 percent of the healthy controls.
The Whittemore Peterson Institute, which found a XMRV-ME/CFS link back in October 2009, is psyched.
For a more in-depth review of the findings, the implications, and the backstory, jump over to CFS Central.