Two current studies are underway at the University of Alberta - one by Dr. Andrew Mason, and the other by Dr. Lorne Tyrell and Dr. Michael Houghton (Co-discoverer of Hepatitis C virus). Dr. Mason's study is about trialling antiretrovirals, finding causation, transmission, and prevalence. The study by Tyrell and Houghton is to show cause. In a recent talk, Dr. Tyrell states that "I have suspected that CFS is a communicable viral disease since the Incline Village Outbreak at the beginning of my career, and I am confident that we are closing in fast, and excluding viral pathogenesis at this point would be utter foolishness."
For those that my not know: The University of Alberta is located in Edmonton, Alberta. Alberta boasts of a booming oilfield industry, and no shortage of revenue. The University of Alberta has been the home of several major medical milestones, and is one of the top ranked centers worldwide for molecular biology, and genomics.