STUDY HYPOTHESIS AND DESCRIPTION
The rationale of this study is that by using the unaffected family members as a control, the differences observed in the ME/CFS patients will be more specific to the disease and less related to differences in genetics, environment, and diet.
Almost as extensive as the SIPS study, blood from each patient is being used to examine the following:
- Gene expression
By comparing patients to healthy blood relatives, we are more likely to understand what genes cause or contribute to the development of ME/CFS. This data will also be integrated with the SIPS data.