Interesting article, at the very least...http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/201...rome-xmrv-virusBrief excerpt:
King's College hospital runs a specialised CFS/ME clinic. The researchers selected blood samples from 186 patients who were, they said, typical of those who attend. They had suffered for years, were very disabled by the disease and more than 90% said their illness definitely or probably started after a viral infection.They sent the samples to a team at Imperial's retrovirology labs. Professor Myra McClure, from the division of medicine at Imperial College London and one of the authors of the study published today by PloS One (Public Library of Science), said: "Our research was carried out under rigorous conditions. We used very sensitive testing methods to look for the virus. If it had been there, we would have found it."The lab in which we carried out the analysis had never housed any of the murine leukaemia viruses related to XMRV, and we took great care to ensure there was no contamination. We are confident our results show there is no link between XMRV and CFS, at least in the UK." The authors say there is no evidence to justify testing people with CFS for the virus or putting them on drug treatment.