I was able to be seen early for my appointment and so I was able to catch the press conference from 10:45 on (missed the beginning).
I must say I am happy with what I saw. Especially with the statements and body language (nodding, etc...) of Alter, Mikovits and Ruscetti. It sounds like they are all in total agreement that XMRV and pMLVs are now excluded. Alter said (I paraphrase) 'that we must resist the temptation of keeping XMRV/pMLVs on the table'. The page is turned.
Judy also said that even though tissue samples (e.g. lymph nodes) had not been studied, she is certain some of the infection would have spilled in the blood and would have been found in this study, if it was there. That answered one of the fundamental questions I had.
I am also happy with Lipkin's statement that future studies will be using deep sequencing, and that 'if a retrovirus is involved with the disease, if will be caught then, excluding that anything will go unnoticed due to primer or reagent issues' (again, paraphrasing). That is also exactly what I wanted to know.
So I am really relieved at this point and I am glad I was able to catch part of this press conference to see and hear all this directly.