During the last 2 decades, nothing had really happened in the field of ME/CFS. There was not much serious research, no real search for cures, and the disease received no credibility whatsoever despite the immense suffering of patients and skyrocketing prevalence numbers. The future for ME/CFS patients looked bleak….
And then came October 2009 with the publication of the Science-paper where Dr. Judy Mikovits and colleagues showed a correlation between a recently discovered retrovirus, XMRV, and ME/CFS. This study was a collaboration of 3 major American institutions: the National Cancer Institute, the Cleveland Clinic, and the Whittemore Peterson Institute. This was the first time that major institutions had collaborated on ME/CFS research.
This research was confirmed in August 2010 when another important study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS. This study was done by the highly-respected Dr. Harvey Alter and colleagues from the National Institutes of Health in the US.
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