"The Alter paper is now in press, but I don't know when it will go online and until then there will be a press embargo," says Dr. Randy Schekman, editor of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, where the FDA/NIH XMRV paper on ME/CFS patients had been accepted and then pulled by higher-ups in the department of Health and Human Services. The NIH's Dr. Harvey Alter is the principal investigator of the FDA/NIH study and one of the discoverers of hepatitis C.
On Monday I emailed the CDC press office about this question that Dr. Monroe didn't answer in our interview: "One of the CDC slides from this week’s Blood Safety Advisory Committee meeting showed that the CDC tested 20 samples from CFS patients that the Whittemore Peterson Institute found to be positive for XMRV. But, according to the slide, the CDC didn’t find any positives among those 20. Why was this piece of information—that the agency was unable to find positives in any of those 20 samples—left out of the CDC’s XMRV study?" No word back.