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XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome: RETRACTED

Thank you to Bruce Alberts for taking the initiative to do this*. I would also like to thank all of the hard working scientists, from all over the world, who did real research to help resolve this issue. It restores my faith in science. It really does. [Shorter Bruce Alberts: FUS-RO-DAH!!!!] [Bulk of the letter…

I mean for Petes sake: Chronic fatigue syndrome researcher Judy Mikovits arrested I mean, this is funny. No doubt this is funny. Its funny to see The Patient Community defending Mikovits, the woman who said she didnt have a problem lying to patients when it was convenient for her. Its funny to see The Patient…

The very first red flag that something was very, very wrong with the ‘XMRV=CFS’ paper went up before the actual paper was published. On the woo-rag Huffington Post, the anti-vaxer David Kirby posted a very, very odd comment from the lead researcher on the paper, Judy Mikovits: And then Dr. Mikovits dropped a bombshell that…

Ladies and gentlemen, a magic trick*. I am going to take two pieces of data, from two independent experiments, establishing ‘proof’ of two different concepts, presented in to different formats and to different events… … And turn them into the same figure. *waits for the astonished mummers to simmer down* In my left hand I…

If Ive said it once, Ive said it a thousand times here on ERV– Scientists are wrong all the time. ALLLLLLLL the time. Its what we *do*. We make a hypothesis, design an experiment, collect data, and refine the hypothesis, because the original hypothesis was wrong. Over and over and over and over and over.…

Just when you think XMRV–>anything could get none more dead, it manages to get deader. When the possibility arose that there was a new pathogen circulating in humans, especially in the human blood supply, lots of labs from all over the world started looking for it. Unfortunately, no one could find XMRV anywhere, except for…

TODAY at 3 pm Eastern Time Science magazine will be hosting a live-chat with a couple of San Fransisco Big Dogs– Michael P. Busch and Jay Levy! Live Chat: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome–Science and Controversy <a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=a51843ce74″ >Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Science and Controversy</a> Normally I would tune in just to see them roll their eyes at…

PLoS supports scientists

I have to give a huge round of applause to PLoS, specifically, PLoS ONE, and their handling of the XMRV fiasco. Some of you might remember, early 2010 PLoS published the very first ‘Umm… XMRV isnt there…’ paper, Failure to Detect the Novel Retrovirus XMRV in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To a scientist, it was interesting,…

DNA Extraction Columns Contaminated with Murine Sequences This paper makes me very thankful for two things: 1– Bossman is extremely neurotic about controls (this apparently, is inheritable, because I am too). 2– I dont work on a mouse virus. If the list of potential sources of contamination in the XMRV–>prostate cancer, XMRV–>CFS stories werent long…

The simplest, simplest definition of evilution: Change over time. Your children are different from you. You are different from your parents. Your parents are different from their parents. And so on and so on and so on. But if Person A is older than you and has different DNA, that doesnt automatically mean Person A…