XMRV not an ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) contributor

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    ulala New Member

    The so-called xenotropic MuLV-related virus (XMRV) has been eliminated as a contributor to ALS, according to Jeremy Garson at University College London (UK) Centre for Virology and colleagues.

    The research team, which announced the findings in the Jan. 22 issue of Neurology, included Robert Brown, director of the MDA/ALS Center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. When they searched for genetic material from XMRV in ALS patients’ blood, they found none.

    The investigators say their results show that XMRV is highly unlikely to explain elevated levels of activity of the viral enzyme reverse transcriptase seen in ALS patients’ blood. They say they’ll continue to search for other viruses.

    From: ALS News Magazine March 2008