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    XMRV virus test for chronic fatigue syndrome now available

    Written by Matthew Hogg
    Tuesday, 08 December 2009

    Following the breakthrough discovery of the XMRV retrovirus in a highly
    significant number of chronic fatigue syndrome patients a US lab is now
    making a diagnostic test available to the public.

    Viral Immune Pathology Diagnostics (VIP Dx) based in Reno, Nevada announced
    that it was making the test for XMRV available to chronic fatigue syndrome
    (ME/CFS) patients in the United States and Canada. VIP Dx say there is
    already a 4-6 week wait for test kits as a result of the excitement the XMRV
    discover has generated among ME/CFS patients and their doctors.

    The techniques used for the testing in the research study that has stunned
    the ME/CFS world and projected the condition into the mainstream have been
    licensed by VIP Dx for their own test. Dr. Vincent Lombardi, an investigator
    on the study and co-author of the paper that appeared in the 8 October 2009
    issue of Sthe journal cience has been appointed Director of Operations for
    the licensing and development of the XAND test assays used by VIP Dx for the
    detection of XMRV.

    XAND is an abbreviation for XMRV Associated Neuroimmune Disorder, the name
    which has been given to ME/CFS and other illnesses that may be found to be
    associated with the virus. Many syndromes such as fibromyalgia and Gulf War
    syndrome which share much in common with ME/CFS are prime candidates for
    future XMRV studies.

    The test uses polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques which amplify
    fragments of genetic material to enable detection of the virus. The VIP Dx
    test also includes a viral culture to confirm the results.

    VIP Dx provide the following information and instructions regarding the

    Each XMRV specimen must have an XAND acceptance code on the test
    requisition. The XAND acceptance code is assigned by our staff and will
    arrive on the test requisition in your specimen kit. Specimens sent without
    the appropriate acceptance code may result in the delay or inability to
    perform the diagnostic test. The diagnostic test available for XAND* is as

    XAND - XMRV screen by PCR with virus culture confirmation: Test Code XAND

    We are accepting XAND tests on Tuesdays and Fridays only due to the
    incubation period required for proper analysis. Therefore, you must have
    your blood drawn on Monday or Thursday and ship immediately back to us by
    priority overnight FedEx for receipt by us on Tuesday or Friday.

    For XAND testing you must use the coded test requisition provided with your
    kit. Refer to the updated specimen guidelines in the right column of the
    test requisition for proper blood draw.

    No special preparation is required for specimens; ship specimens at ambient
    (room) temperature. Specimens must be received within 24 hours for proper
    analysis. Collection and shipping instructions are included in each kit
    along with all required specimen tubes. The return clinical envelope and
    overnight airbill are also included.

    To order you test kit, please e-mail your full name, address and telephone
    number to info@vipdx.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam
    bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . There is a 4-6 week back
    order. VIP Dx is committed to having everyone tested who wants to be tested.
    Please accept our sincere apology for any delays. We thank you for your
    support and patience.

    For more information on the XMRV/XAND test visit the VIP Dx website at:

    To read more about the original XMRV ME/CFS study see: Retrovirus discovery
    in chronic fatigue syndrome seen as major breakthrough

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    Default Re: Test for XMRV Now Available

    Well heck, typo in title, lol.

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    Default Re: Test for XRMV Now Available

    Thanks Mellowsong!

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