Wymore Abstract - Morgellons Conference 2011
Speaker Abstract - Randy S. Wymore, Ph.D.
Research Director, Center for the Investigation of Morgellons Disease Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology Oklahoma State University- Center for Health Sciences Tulsa, OK 2011 Morgellons Conference “Morgellons Disease Research; Shotgun DNA Analysis, PCR, Microscopy & Spectroscopy” Randy S. Wymore#, Emily VanDegrift# and Rhonda L. Casey* Departments of Pharmacology & Physiology# and Pediatric Medicine* The causative agent of Morgellons Disease is unknown. Speculation of the cause runs the spectrum of usual pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi, single- and multi-cellular parasites, etc.) and includes suggestions of normally non-pathogenic organisms as well as environmental contamination. Some individuals with Morgellons have been helped by a variety of antibiotic, anti-fungal and anthelmintic (antihelminthic) therapies, while others have had a minimal favorable response. Our past and current research has focused on an attempt to identify the cause of Morgellons Disease as a step toward a comprehensive treatment of the symptoms or cure of the disease. Research directions from the past year will be described. A preliminary report will be made on an initial attempt at “shotgun cloning/sequencing”, along with the most recent fiber analyses and a summary of ongoing and planned experiments.