I dont know if you all have access to this paper, but here is the relevant portion:
Treatment of CFS patient PBMCs with 5-azacytidine was omitted from Lombardi et al. paper
In September 2011, Abbie Smith, a graduate student and virology blogger, (http://scienceblogs.com/erv/) revealed that Dr. Judy Mikovits, the corresponding author of the Lombardi et al. study, presented a figure at a meeting that turned out to be identical to one in the original paper, but with different patient numbers and experimental conditions (John Cohen, ScienceInsider, http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2011/10/xmrv-researcher-fired.html). This revelation led the authors to concede that the patient-derived PBMCs in Lombardi et al. had been treated with 5-azacytidine, an agent used to demethylate DNA and induce transcription from latent genes and proviruses, but did not include this treatment in the paper because “it was not germane.” The omission of such critical information from the paper cast further doubt on the validity of the entire study.
For those of you who missed the fun, here is the post the authors are talking about:
I really hope that this review will become available for the general public. Of course the article was written for other scientists, but I think it summarizes the XMRV fiasco in a way that Average Janes and Joes shouldnt have a hard time following either.
And I think there are lots of Average Janes and Joes who are interested in learning about XMRV– Not just the CFS patients, but the other folks who have been battling XMRV-woo, the pro-vaccine autism parents. They got dragged into this mess after Judy Mikovits made some irresponsible remarks about XMRV, vaccines, and autism, and the anti-vax crew ran with it.
But, YAY! Mah blag got referenced! W00T!!!