Book 'Er, Danno

Researcher Judy Mikovits has been in the news in some way for the past two years, says ScienceInsider's Jon Cohen. First, her team's work appeared in Science in October 2009, saying that chronic fatigue syndrome could be tied to a novel mouse retrovirus called XMRV. Then, after other research groups tried to replicate her results, Mikovits was again under the spotlight after she and her team participated in a multi-lab study of XMRV and failed to reproduce their results. Then, this past September, Science partially retracted Mikovits' original paper.

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