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Mouse virus erroneously linked to chronic fatigue syndrome, UCSF collaborative study finds
Date:5/31/2011

ted virus would not likely cause an infection because human serum quickly kills it.

Finally, Levy and his colleagues hypothesized that the original traces of XMRV found in 2009 were not from the blood samples themselves but from common laboratory reagents or cell lines used in the original experiments. Levy hopes that this finding, also recently shown by others, will help put the controversy to rest.

"With this extensive study, we could not confirm any of the results of the earlier papers," Levy said. He added that even through XMRV is not the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, evidence remains that some infectious agent could be involved.

"Work should continue to find it," he said.


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Contact: Jason Socrates Bardi
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University of California - San Francisco
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