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No Meeting of Minds on XMRV's Role in Chronic Fatigue, Cancer

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Science  17 Sep 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5998, pp. 1454
DOI: 10.1126/science.329.5998.1454

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For the past few years, researchers have been tantalized by reports linking a new retrovirus to some cases of prostate cancer and, more recently—and more controversially—the mysterious illness chronic fatigue syndrome. With the excitement over discovering a possible new cause for these diseases, however, has come skepticism, as some groups have found scarcely a trace of the novel virus, called XMRV. Many hoped a 1.5-day workshop last week would help resolve the controversy. Instead, the field remains mired in "a zone of chaos," organizers concluded.