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Science is retracting the 2009 chronic fatigue syndrome paper by Judy Mikovits and her colleagues that ostensibly linked the syndrome to XMRV infection, the journal announced. The paper was partially retracted in the fall, and Science had issued an "Editorial Expression of Concern" regarding the paper earlier this spring. The partial retraction cited contaminated samples, while the expression of concern noted that the work could not be reproduced.

The new, full retraction, which will appear in tomorrow's issue of Science, says:

Multiple laboratories, including those of the original authors, have failed to reliably detect xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) or other murine leukemia virus (MLV)-related viruses in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients. In addition, there is evidence of poor quality control in a number of specific experiments in the Report.

Science Editor-in-chief Bruce Alberts also notes that the paper is being retracted editorially, as the study authors could not agree on how to word their own retraction statement.

Mikovits is also facing legal issues surrounding her work.

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