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Chronic Fatigue and Prostate Cancer: A Retroviral Connection?

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Science  09 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5950, pp. 215
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_215a

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A new study published online by Science links chronic fatigue syndrome to a possibly contagious rodent retrovirus, XMRV, which has also been implicated in an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Related work by the authors also suggests CFS might best be treated with AIDS drugs. Even the lead author, Judy Mikovits, says she understands why linking CFS to both a retrovirus and prostate cancer has already drawn skepticism.