Here’s the “logic” behind Mr. Heckinlively’s article: XMRV has been linked to autism (he ignores the more recent data against this idea). XMRV has been linked to chronic fatigue syndrome (once again, he ignores the data which goes against they hypothesis). Therefore, autism and chronic fatigue syndrome must share some sort of link. In this case, a small study has been published which claims that Rituximab helped a number of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome.Any research relying on "XMRV" is basicly null and void unless this research is done properly blinded – and when it is done properly blinded, XMRV looks like nothing but a (chance?*) lab contamination.
One of the many glaring problems in this train of logic is the fact that the researchers in this particular study looked for XMRV in their subjects. And didn’t find it. So, the link between this group of CFS patients and autism, tenuous as it was from the start, is basically absent.
* XMRV plasmid is not a chance contamination, it has to be put there purposefully or through unbelievably giagantic utter stupidity.