Just picked up this info by chance.......... Check it out...... Genetic pattern found in patients with CFS People who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome sometimes have trouble convincing their doctors that they have a real disease, because its symptoms are so vague, and their cause so elusive. Now a new study offers convincing evidence that patients with the syndrome, often referred to as CFS, have abnormalities in gene expression in their blood. The report appears in the August issue of The Journal of Clinical Pathology. Using sophisticated genetic-analysis techniques, the researchers compared gene expression in the blood of patients with the syndrome and that of a group of healthy controls matched for age and sex. They confirmed that the expression of 16 genes was significantly different in the patients with chronic fatigue. The authors said that these gene expressions may be important in determining the cause of the illness. The findings are consistent with previous work showing that patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have activated immune systems, showing increased numbers of T-cells and other germ-fighting bodies. The genes appear to induce blood changes symptomatic of a wide variety of disorders, which may help explain why the symptoms of the syndrome are so varied.