I've come to feel as if this blog is our own little, private place to communicate with each other - me and all of you who comment or send me messages - a place for friends to chat honestly and openly. But, of course, nothing on the internet is private, and I should be more aware that anything I say here can (and will) be copied and repeated...forever.
So, in the interest of accuracy, here are some further corrections and clarifications:
- WPI found antibodies AGAINST, not IN, the envelope protein of XMRV. (I told you I didn't understand what she meant by envelope!)
- The first studies to detect XMRV (Urisman et. al) found partial sequences of XMRV (that is all that can be determined from PCR). WPI has since fully sequenced XMRV.
- Xenotropic doesn't mean human, it refers to a virus that can grow in the cells of a species foreign to the normal host species. Other mammals can have the XPR1 receptor too. However, in her talk, Dr. Mikovitz DID emphasize that XMRV and PMRV are found in humans but not in mice. Further, I misstated that MLV's are not mouse viruses (I got the terminology mixed up). In fact, MLV's are mouse viruses, but there is confusion about this because MLV-related viruses (e.g. XMRV and PMRV) are not MLV's and not mouse viruses. So, XMRV and PMRV are not MLV's (not mouse viruses) but they are only MLV-related human viruses. Follow that?
- It was Tufts, not Johns Hopkins that tested 75 mouse strains.
- Retroviruses are not "constantly changing", but may recombine with other RVs or mutate over time.
- Cheney clinic is in Asheville, not Dallas.
Thank you to those readers who have stood up for me in various public forums and who took the time to kindly help clarify these points.
(No comment to those who left me nasty messages!)