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Science: Retraction On Virus-Chronic Fatigue Link

The journal Science is fully retracting a 2009 report linking the XMRV virus (xenotropic murine leukemia virus–related virus) in mice to chronic fatigue syndrome.

A statement from the journal’s Editor-in-Chief Bruce Alberts detailing the retraction says:

“…Science has lost confidence in the Report and the validity of its conclusions. We note that the majority of the authors have agreed in principle to retract the Report but they have been unable to agree on the wording of their statement. It is Science’s opinion that a retraction signed by all the authors is unlikely to be forthcoming. We are therefore editorially retracting the Report. We regret the time and resources that the scientific community has devoted to unsuccessful attempts to replicate these results.”

Bloomberg nicely summarizes the backstory here:

In December 2010, the American Red Cross stopped accepting blood from people diagnosed with chronic fatigue because of the risk it carried XMRV. The syndrome is characterized by severe, continued tiredness not relieved by rest. In October, scientific reports from the American Association of Blood Banks in San Diego indicated that XMRV isn’t transmitted through blood. Continue reading