Imperial College say who’s NOT eligible for their XMRV tests

As expected, Imperial College London posted new information on their website this morning to clarify a misunderstanding about eligibility for their XMRV test.

Their statement reads:

“We wish to apologise for any confusion concerning the availability of this test and would like to clarify that it is only available as part of an ethically approved research project. We emphasise that our laboratory does not deal directly with patients and we are not advising people who are concerned that they might have CFS, or who have been diagnosed with CFS, to request this test.

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Suzy Chapman, who runs the M.E. Agenda website, spotted on 12 February that the notice has now been changed to read:

The MDU offers XMRV testing for research purposes only. If you are a researcher who is interested in XMRV testing, please contact the unit with an outline of your requirements.

There has been some confusion around the availability of the XMRV test, for which we apologise. We would like to clarify that it is only available as part of an ethically approved research project. We emphasise that our laboratory does not deal directly with patients and we are notadvising people who are concerned that they might have CFS, or who have been diagnosed with CFS, to request this test.

And Ms Chapman adds this comment:

Note that the “full clarification” we had been led to anticipate still fails to clarify for which diseases/conditions/study domains this XMRV test facility is being offered.

Nor does the Molecular Diagnostic Unit confirm the information put out by the ME Association on Saturday, 6 February, that the test “…only relates to the availability of the Imperial College XMRV test to referring doctors who are dealing with cases of prostate cancer.” “

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