And if I'm reading it right, that's exactly what happened. Dr. Cheney also thought (thinks?) the heart was involved in ME/CFS. And many researchers are trying to map out the cytokine storm or fingerprint for it. The devil's in the details though because if it's multiple viruses, or if it's coming from undercooked meat, or god forbid, vaccines badly purified, then it won't be a single fingerprint. Not to beat a dead horse but this does make MLV's suspicious again (viruses from mouse blood). I'd never thought to look for the search term "baboons with pig heart transplants" before, but maybe it's a thing?To keep tabs on the health of the pig heart, Griffith said, the team was constantly checking their patient with an array of cutting-edge blood tests. They used a DNA sequencer to scan his blood for floating fragments of pig genes—any increase would be a sign that heart cells were dying. Another novel test, developed by a company called Karius, screened Bennett’s blood for traces of hundreds of bacteria and viruses.
It was that test, run on a blood draw taken from Bennett 20 days after his surgery, that first returned “a little blip” indicating the presence of porcine cytomegalovirus, according to Griffith. But the levels were so low that the team thought the result could be in error, Griffith said, especially since the pigs were supposedly guaranteed free of the germ.
The doctors faced another problem—the special blood test was taking about 10 days to carry out. So they couldn’t yet know that inside Bennett’s new heart, the pig virus was starting to multiply fast and setting off what Griffith now believes was a possible “cytokine explosion”—a storm of immune-system molecules.