by Cort at Phoenix Rising:
Who's In and Who's Out at the International XMRV Workshop?
Lot's of good discussion in the comments regarding the decision about "Who is in, and Who is out". And, imho, the reason for the guest list is bio-politically clear; It helps continue to stall the truth about XMRV. I mean, telling the public that a retrovirus is associated with specifically rare and aggressive prostate cancer is one thing, but telling them that a retrovirus could be the cause of CFS and that 3-6% of the population could be infected unknowingly with it, and that the CDC failed miserably in containing it during the last 20 years is quite another. So, why the big stall? What can they do now, that they haven't already um.. Not done?
What needs to happen at the federal level is to get XMRV screened out of our blood banks before any conclusive announcements reaches the masses. They certainly do not want any panicked or pissed off voters. So, the following has to occur:
1) First they need to create a standardized solution to inactivate the infectious XMRV retrovirus in our blood banks (Even though CERUS has one that works, don't count on our government to contract with them; at least not yet).
2) The Blood Banks's will also want to empty their inventories Before the solution is implemented because it's expensive (About $70.00 per unit I have read) That takes time as well, since it is a criminally immoral thing to do. They have to do it in a manner that doesn't draw too much attention. Like um.. this.
3) Once the inventories are emptied, the feds will wait UNTIL they have integrated the inactivation solution into all current blood inventories. Only then will they announce anything to jo-public.
The withholding of Alter's paper; and who is invited, and who is not, to the conference is just another stall tactic to give the feds time to clean up the mess the CDC caused by ignoring CFS for the last 20+ years. They Have to have time to empty inventories, make sure remaining inventories are cleaned, and all international distribution activity memos are shredded.
"It is (ME/CFS) like some great constricting snake that denies its victims the final convulsion." Llewellyn King "A CFS patient feels the same or worse than congestive heart failure. The same or worse than late stage AIDS." Nancy Klimas: View video here.
"A CFS patient feels every day significantly the same as an AIDS patient feels two months before death." Dr. Mark Loveless, AIDS and CFS researcher, in a statement to congress on CFS Awareness day, May 12th, 1995.