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Startat av Mayordomo, 2009-10-09, 11:53
Citat"We get 10,000 samples a year easily," Dr. Lipkin said. "We've discovered at least 400 new viruses since I came to Columbia in 2002, and the process is accelerating." Over the past 20 years, Dr. Lipkin has built a reputation as a master virus hunter. He has developed ways to quickly identify familiar viruses and ways to search for new ones. "If scientists are lucky, they'll identify one novel virus in their whole life," said Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "Lipkin really stands out from the crowd."
CitatDr. Lipkin is now preparing to dive into a new controversy. In October 2009, a team of scientists claimed to find a virus known as XMRV in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. A pitched debate has arisen over the findings. A number of other groups have since failed to find the same link. To make matters more confusing, a team of researchers from the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health and Harvard Medical School reported in August that they found related viruses in people with chronic fatigue, but not XMRV itself. "I think we have to keep an open mind on this," Dr. Lipkin said. In September, Dr. Fauci asked Dr. Lipkin to organize a large-scale investigation. Earlier this month, Dr. Lipkin brought together scientists from three labs that have gotten contradictory results to begin working together on a new search for the link. "There isn't anybody any better at this than Ian Lipkin," said Dr. Fauci. "If he can't find it, it probably doesn't exist."