Wednesday, December 22, 2010
The Sucker Punch - no Knockdown
Vincent Racaniello is among the scientists taking another look at the complex issue of the "contamination issue" in the retroviral association with ME/CFS. His further analysis is here. Various other scientists will be doing the same re-figuring as the dust from this "pollution" settles. Various tempered responses have been released that sharply differ in tone and substance from what has been published by a knee-jerk press - and disseminated worldwide. This is not an argument with the studies themselves, just with the circumstance of their release. The studies can be dissected on their own and will be dismembered, piece by piece, but the disturbance to the large "force field" of serious research is going to be very difficult to reverse.
It is important to register that there has been no knockout punch of XMRV. The X-people are still standing (or reclining, as the case may be). In the last two days, many ME/CFS patients have been damaged by this disproportionately negative spin on this so-called news - and for what?
The situation and motive surrounding the "set-up" of these Monday morning press releases is highly questionable. These collectively released sucker punches have done a great, great disservice to trying to figure out the complex potential association of MLV-related viruses and ME/CFS. Someone engineered this release for maximum damage - and they have been very successful. Who did this? Is it willful malice? In no way is this an innocent coincidence. The scientists and/or editors responsible for this should be fired - the whole pack of them. As Caligula said, "If only all of Rome had one neck to wring."