DNA study could help ME patients

Dear Sir, — Many of your readers will know at least one of the 250,000 children and adults in the UK with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also diagnosed as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, or ME/CFS), although they may not see the devastating toll this serious neurological condition can take. 
A lack of research means that we don’t yet know the cause, or have an effective treatment, but a large, planned, genetic study could change that. 
With scientists and patients working together, the ME/CFS Biomedical Partnership is applying for funding to test DNA samples from 20,000 people with ME. 
Readers can show their support for this potentially game-changing biomedical research, and sign-up for updates, at mebiomed.org.uk/get-involved. — Yours faithfully,
SONYA CHOWDHURY
Chief executive, 
Action for ME
ANDY DEVEREUX-COOKE 
Patient and CureME Biobank steering group member.