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Science. 2010 May 14;328(5980):825; author reply 825. doi: 10.1126/science.1183906.

Comment on "Detection of an infectious retrovirus, XMRV, in blood cells of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome".

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, Netherlands.


Lombardi et al. (Reports, 23 October 2009, p. 585) reported detection of the human gammaretrovirus XMRV in the blood cells of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). However, the patient description provided was incomplete. The inclusion of patients from a "CFS outbreak" previously linked with a viral infection, without confirmation in sporadic CFS cases, casts doubt on the role of XMRV in the pathogenesis of CFS.

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