Aussies shed new light on myalgic encephalomyelitis

Researchers believe they have discovered genetic changes associated with myalgic encephalomyelitis.

The results could help settle a long-standing debate about whether the condition - once dismissed as yuppie flu -  is purely psychological or whether it has a biological cause.

The scientists from Griffith University say they have identified genetic changes in receptors which may lead to the condition. These are associated with immunological and cellular function.

Study author Professor Donald Staines says the discovery proves that gene

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