Monthly Archives: January 2011

Chronic fatigue and ‘RNA rumor viruses’ – Can we learn from history?

Arguments aired by Robin Weiss in  “A cautionary tale of virus and disease”, published in September in BMC Biology, now seem vindicated by four independent publications in Retrovirology, suggesting that recently reported associations of xenotropic retrovirus XMRV with both prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome are more likely to be due to laboratory contamination. Recent… Read more »


PCR contamination revealed, adding fuel to XMRV debate

Xenotrophic murine leukemia-related virus (XMRV) has been associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), a debilitating condition of unknown etiology, and also prostate cancer. These associations have been hotly debated, with subsequent studies either supporting or questioning the connection. However, most studies, whether they support or negate the link between XMRV and the two diseases, rely… Read more »