This post has been copied and following posts moved from this thread: Possibility of ME or PVFS after COVID-19, Long Covid I agree with Andy that this is bonkers, irrespective of who is involved in what. Crawley's research does not actually do that much harm, I suspect. It is a symptom of a way of approaching ME/CFS, not a cause. If she left the field overnight the remaining clinicians would carry on as before. The research itself actually goes nowhere. Nobody outside the circle of followers takes any notice of it at all. I certainly don't and would not have done if still practicing. The clinical practice is bad because a field of medicine where nobody knows what to do gets populated by people who have no idea what they are doing. On the other hand Decode ME will give us a powerful piece of information about the genetic component of ME, whatever the result. It cannot fail to give a hugely useful piece of information - the sort of piece that people like myself have leveraged to build a viable disease model. If specific genes come up they will point clearly to specific mechanisms. if they do not that equally points away from mechanisms, which is in many ways more powerful. The MRC asked me to advise on what was worth funding, together with two US researchers. Of the suggestions on offer the GWAS seemed clearly the one thing worth doing. And it has been funded. In science you have to forget the political infighting around you and get on with what is worth doing. Most of the money goes to garbage, with results churned out on what might as well be toilet paper. Forget it. It falls under the same heading as merchandising T-shirts sold by sportswear companies. It has no long term impact. Finding a gene does.