I saw a program on Discovery late last night about Gulf War Illness. Wayne State University ran tests on the chromosomes of 5 very ill Gulf War veterans and the tests showed all 5 had more damage to their chromosomes than an average cancer patient and way more damage than a "normal" person. The researchers were very surprised actually at how much damage had occurred. I don't understand the science behind this but I was wondering if any of you knew why this test isn't being used as evidence of our being very ill for disability purposes, etc. Has anyone ever heard of this type of test? The veterans complained of all the usual CFS-related health problems. The doctor at the end of the program did say that the damage was enough to impact the veterans' health for the rest of their lives but not enough to kill them. He, of course, also said that there are no current ways to fix damaged chromosomes. I'm not sure how old the program was, but does anyone know if stem cell therapy is being used to correct this?? It was all very interesting but not explained well.