Fallout from Reno Institute's Chronic Fatigue Findings
AIR DATE: February 16, 2012
Back in 2009, a scientist at a Reno institute made a groundbreaking discovery about chronic fatigue syndrome. She thought it was linked to a little-known mouse retrovirus, and patients believed it was a step forward in finding treatment or a cure. But then the finding was discredited, and scientists issued retractions. Then the lead scientist was accused of theft, and ended up hiding on her boat from police. So what really happened in Reno? Why did the findings fall through? Did it hurt the Institute? And what does this mean for chronic fatigue syndrome patients now?
David Tuller, journalist and contributor, NYTimes; health editor, Salon.com