Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D.
Director, Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease; Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology. Oklahoma State University, Center for Health Sciences
Topic: “Research Update”
Summary: Dr. Randy Wymore, research scientist with Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, presented an overview of his interest in the disease and some of the facts discovered in his research efforts. As the fibers seemingly produced in the body of Morgellons patients seem unique, much of Dr. Wymore’s research has focused on them. To date, exactly what the fibers represent and their role in the disease process is unknown. What is known is mostly what the fibers are NOT. They are not of textile origin, as has been assumed in the past. Not only did a forensic analysis by a textile expert with the Tulsa, OK, PD fail to match the fibers with the FBI fiber database, other research revealed the fibers do not have the characteristics of textile fibers. One example is that the fibers do not dissolve in any of the common laboratory chemicals generally used to dissolve material in preparation for chemical analysis!