Hey, you all know earlier this year, this summer, shit kinda hit the fan here at SciBlogs?
I didnt care about the idiots leaving. I was more annoyed at the lack of communication from The Overlords.
They will be watching my blog while Im gone.
This is my revenge for that.
XMRV and the MLV-Related Viruses? The sequences that have been submitted to GenBank indicate that these ‘Magic Eye Viruses’ are almost certainly ERVs.
Not a real human pathogen.
This paper intensely scrutinized the published sequences, and conclusion is pretty incontrovertible. Open access, you all can read it.
And just to make one thing perfectly clear to all of the patients, all around the would who have gotten their hopes up and now dashed: This was all avoidable. Sequencing insertion sites, seeing a sequence go humanhumanhumanhumanVIRUSVIRUSVIRUSVIRUShumanhumanhumanhuman or mousemousemousemousemouseVIRUSVIRUSVIRUSVIRUSmousemousemousemouse would have clarified all this.
If I recall correctly, that is precisely what an independent reviewer asked Harvey Alter to do in his PNAS paper, and he refused. Because he could. That was an unwise decision. But he wasnt the only one who didnt do it.
To everyone else just watching– Evolution told us this wasnt real. Kinda like how we can use evolution to tell us who infected whom and when with HIV-1. I think thats cool.