The only one story in town right now for the M.E. community is that Science journal asked Lombardi et al to retract their seminal paper on XMRV and the potential link to M.E. The journal also published and Editorial Expression of Concern. Thankfully, Lombardi et al have categorically refused to retract.
Did I mention I was a dimwit when it comes to science? Never hurts to re-emphasise the point. However, even this dimwit can see the absolute logic in what Dr Deckoff-Jones had to say HERE:
"It can't be both a contaminant and not there at the same time. Which is it?"
You can read Dr Deckoff-Jones' frank and unflinching views on what's going on in the link I posted above. As always, she shoots from the hip and doesn't mince her words. I admire that.
For a while I've had the dilemma of which organisation to support with donations and who to root for in terms of hopefully one day finding a cure so we can all have our lives back. This has now become irrelevant for me. It is no longer about whether the WPI are our saviours or whether XMRV will be the big breakthrough that leads to meaningful treatment. It is about the little guys with good intentions being bullied by the powerful.
The consequences of the WPI being 'taken out' are significant. This goes way beyond the money Annette Whittemore has ploughed into the Institute and it goes way beyond our illness. Even this dimwit knows that science is full of cases where the original discoverer is discredited and marginalised to allow someone else to end up taking the credit (and making the money!) for the discovery. I believe this is what we are witnessing here.
All of this makes me all the more determined to support the WPI. Whether they can cure me or not, this has become a matter of principle too great to ignore. I hope others feel the same way.