News of the WeekCHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

Studies Point to Possible Contamination in XMRV Findings

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Science  07 Jan 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6013, pp. 17
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6013.17

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The stormy debate over a potential cause of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is nearing hurricane force. Last month, it prompted headlines suggesting that researchers have reached a dead end, scores of blog posts from disappointed patients, and accusations that scientists had gone beyond their data. The 14-month-old row intensified when four papers appeared in Retrovirology suggesting that reports linking the virus XMRV to CFS were based on false positives.

* With reporting by Martin Enserink.

  • * With reporting by Martin Enserink.