The Independent reports that US government officials have persuaded the editors of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences to hold off from publishing a scientific paper establishing the link between chronic fatigue syndrome and the virus XMRV. The study supporting the link was headed by virologists working for the Food and Drug Administration, but scientists at the Centers for Disease Control have authored another study that contradicts the FDA findings and finds no trace of XMRV in CF patients.
There has been controversy over this new cause of CF ever since an initial paper was published in the journal Science in October, 2009 as researchers have spoken out on both sides of the issue. Some see an obvious connection between the virus and chronic fatigue syndrome, while others state that CF sufferers are no more likely to have the virus than healthy people.
Furthermore, an official with the AABB, an international association of blood banks, recommends that those diagnosed with CFS should not donate blood, at least not at this point. The FDA has not weighed in on the topic, and, right now, there are no official prohibitions on CFC sufferers donating blood.
Source: Wall Street Journal
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