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I didn't see so much of a "view" of events, as a list of them. Is the list inaccurate?
Mikovits knowingly published bad research.
It is clear her work has been disgraced.
Is that why she was fired?
As for being fired, Judy does attribute not supporting the work of another college as justification.
That's often what happens when you do bad science.
Is that why she was fired?
No Fauci required.
In addition, there is evidence of poor quality control in a number of specific experiments in the Report. Figure 1, table S1, and fig. S2 have been retracted by the authors (3). In response to concerns expressed about Fig. 2C [summarized in (4)], the authors acknowledged to Science that they omitted important information from the legend of this figure panel. Specifically, they failed to indicate that the CFS patient–derived peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) shown in Fig. 2C had been treated with azacytidine as well as phytohemagglutinin and interleukin-2. This was in contrast to the CFS samples shown in Figs. 2A and 2B, which had not been treated with azacytidine.
At a conference in 2012, where the findings were presented, Mikovits called it the "definitive answer." The conclusion, in her own words, was that, " There is no evidence that XMRV is a human pathogen."
Here, the original investigators who found XMRV and pMLV (polytropic murine leukemia virus) in blood of subjects with this disorder report that this association is not confirmed in a blinded analysis of samples from rigorously characterized subjects
The increasing frequency with which molecular methods are used for pathogen discovery poses new challenges to public health and support of science. It is imperative that strategies be developed to rapidly and coherently address discoveries so that they can be carried forward for translation to clinical medicine or abandoned to focus resource investment more productively. Our study provides a paradigm for pathogen dediscovery that may be helpful to others working in this field.
Similarly, cytotoxic lymphoctye function could be restored to normal simply by the addition of interleukin-2 to culture.
Around 8% of the human genome is made of dead retroviruses and the study of these ‘endogenous retroviruses’ provides fascinating insight into our evolution. However, some of these endogenous retroviruses are still able to be reactivated, and mice in particular harbour many that can be “re-awoken”.
Critically, when retroviruses copy their RNA genome into DNA for integration, they are very error prone. They make mistakes, or mutations, in the sequence. In fact, they make these mistakes so regularly, that in an individual infected with a retrovirus like HIV-1, there is no one virus sequence, but rather a group or “swarm” of related sequences.
Mikovits’s statement that she thought XMRV might be the cause of autism has been picked up by the anti-vaccine movement led by the disgraced British ex-doctor, Andrew Wakefield, who himself had his medical licence revoked for falsely linking the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine to childhood developmental problems.