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Wendy Damonte
Channel 2 News

Inside the Applied Research Building on the University of Nevada Campus, scientists are already figuring out the cause and possible treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome.  

Judy Mikovits is the research director. She and her team are within a year of having a blood test to diagnose chronic fatigue syndrome.  

The key to figuring out diseases comes from samples. The lab has thousands of specimens that are now being shared with the world.

Researchers in Belgium, London, the National Institute of Health, the National Institute of Aging and the National Cancer Institute can all examine the same specimens, most of which came from Reno.  

Judy explains why that's so important. "We send the exact same sample around the world so everybody's looking at the same thing at the same time with the same snapshot and that's what's so important because everybody gets the same answer."

Annette Whittemore wants answers more than anything. Her daughter Andrea has struggled with chronic fatigue syndrome for 18 years. By creating the Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro Immune Disease she hopes to help thousands of people starting with her daughter.  "I said, 'why isn't anybody doing anything?' And at some point you realize that maybe you are the one who is suppose to do something."

So what do we know about chronic fatigue syndrome? Those who have it have a huge rate of shingles as well. We know the disease often ends up as cancer. And now, because of scientists right here in Reno we might know what causes it. "We have identified and we are in the process of isolating a new virus that may cause cfs in the cohort."

But continuing the search for answers takes money. That's why The Whittemore Peterson Institute is having a fundraiser Friday, September 19th at the Peppermill.  For more information, call 775-348-2335.

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