Retrovirology Publishes Five Articles on XMRV and Contamination

December 20, 2010

Posted by Cort Johnson

Retrovirology Journal Publishes Four Studies on XMRV and Contamination Retrovirology today published four studies that focus on the contamination issue with XMRV. None of them are definitive, and none of them demonstrate that contamination resulted in the findings of the original paper, but they do indicate how careful researchers have to be when they explore this particular line of viruses..

Check out overviews of the papers here and a long discussion here

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John December 21, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I’m taken aback at how much talk there is of conspiracy theories, character assassination of legitimate researchers, etc.

When someone like Simon Wessely, whom I openly doubt both the competancy and integrity of, makes claims that patients’ discontent might cause researchers to stay out of the field I say great; one less psuedo-scientist to pollute the field with their so-called ‘research findings’, which are actually a hodgepodge of vague notions, untestable and therefore unprovable claims combined with a healthy dose of paternalistic narcissism and topped off with a near complete dismissal and/or ignorance of the biomedical research literature which disagrees with their pet theories.

But for people like John Coffin, Myra McClure, Jonathan Stoye, et al. to be maligned as a bunch of mere hacks acting as foot soldiers to an agenda set by their New World Order overlords, it makes the patient community at large sound like a bunch of blithering idiots and might well discourage desperately needed legitimate scientific researchers from the field which is a very sad thing to contemplate.

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Cort December 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I’m afraid that’s how I see things as well. Its rough times for everybody I guess. I appreciate your post.

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