XMRV: the Urgency of Money

Posted by Cort Johnson In a recent article on RJC.com Dr. Mikovits came out swinging.  Fights between researchers can get nasty but its probably rare that they veer into this kind of territory. After suggesting that the Imperial College group purposefully tried not to find the virus  (!) Dr. Mikovits referred to the fact that the paper was paid for,

Continue
reeves

2009 In Review

Posted by Cort Johnson EVENTS Biggest Event – what else? XMRV takes the spotlight as no research finding has before, retrovirologists across the world clamor for samples, worry mounts about a tainted blood supply, Hilary Johnson blows into the New York Times Op Ed section, and patients gasp and cross their fingers in hopes that it will all work out. See XMRV

Continue

Researcher of the Year (08) Part II: A Bold Commitment Plus XMRV and the CAA

Posted by Cort Johnson A Bold Effort Collaboration – Dr. Vernon believes increased collaboration will be essential for our research community’s success. She knows the power collaboration can unleash. The Pharmacogenomics projects she lead at the CDC – which ended up thrusting ME/CFS into the research spotlight and helped triggered the National Press Conference – was the result of a

Continue

XMRV in the Spotlight

Posted by Cort Johnson XMRV was next up at the mike at the CFSAC meeting. First Dr. Peterson went over the published research one more time.  Hearing it again simply reinforced what an extraordinary discovery XMRV may be. His presentation was, in some ways, though, really just a prelude to Dr. Coffin’s  presentation. The co-author of the major text in

Continue

CFSAC Pt I – The Art of Evasion

Posted by Cort Johnson It was as if someone had transported the CFSAC committee to a different planet.  Down from their small perch on at top of the building into the main lobby with the banks of lights shining  down and three cameramen following their every move one wondered if this might be what the future looks like.  The people

Continue

XMRV – the Potential For Change

Posted by Cort Johnson “A supernova (pl. supernovae) is a stellar explosion. Supernovae are extremely luminous and cause a burst of radiation that often briefly outshines an entire galaxy” This discovery has the potential for being a world changing event in every way for chronic fatigue syndrome patients.  If it really works out – still an if –  one almost

Continue

XMRV – Hope and Caution

Posted by Cort Johnson Who Are Those Guys? Gazing at the distant cloud of dust raised by his dogged but mysterious pursuers Butch Cassidy turned to the Sundance Kid and with some awe muttered “Who are those guys?” Despite all  their tricks that posse had stuck on their trail like glue. Has the Whittemore Peterson Institute’s posse caught one of  the

Continue

XMRV – Puppet Master?

Posted by Cort Johnson The idea that  XMRV could be a kind of ‘puppet master’  (eg. Dr. Bell) that allows other infections such as EBV or HHV6 or Lyme or enterovirus to  become exacerbated is generating discussion.  Dr. Coffin suggested such in his article “A New Virus For Old Diseases”. Dr. Huber, a researcher studying endogenous viral elements in ME/CFS has

Continue

XMRV/XAND Information Center

Posted by Cort Johnson The discovery of the XMRV retrovirus in most chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients appears to be a demarcating point in the history of this illness. The publication of the study in Science, the most prestigious scientific journal in the world, by a stellar cast of researchers from the National Cancer Institute, the Cleveland Clinic and the

Continue

Game Changer

Posted by Cort Johnson “Hopefully this will finally make people change their attitudes to this disease.”       Dr. Judy Mikovits The news had been in the air for the last week; the Whittemore Peterson Institute was going to publish something big  – really big – on Friday.  Then early Thursday the news was out – a retrovirus had been

Continue