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Tudor Bosman
Doctors: We have cured man of HIV - AIDS - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/news...
Doctors: We have cured man of HIV - AIDS - Salon.com
"Doctors: We have cured man of HIV Using stem cells, a medical team in Germany says it has rid the "Berlin Patient" of his HIV infection" - Tudor Bosman from Bookmarklet
"The doctors' findings will be published in the December issue of the peer-reviewed journal Blood, but the Web is aflutter with the implications of their research. This, one source reports, paves the way for an HIV cure using genetically engineered stem cells." - Tudor Bosman
So why is the US so stuffy about stem cell research and use? If these types of things are possible, I say go for it. - Sally - Skyrimmin' It
This is cool in multiple ways. The patient had leukemia, which relapsed, and was going to try a stem cell treatment that would improve his chance of cancer survival. This is a treatment of last resort: it kills about one third of those to whom it is administered. The doctors looked for a potential stem cell donor that has a HIV-resistant mutation, and found one. Due to the patient's weakened immune system (from chemotherapy), the donated cells "took over" and prevented HIV from reproducing. More details: http://www.eatg.org/eatg... - Tudor Bosman
This can't exactly be made into a general-purpose HIV cure, but it's a start. - Tudor Bosman
Sally it's the source of the Stem cell which is an issue. Christians don't like the thought of killing people for research. So aborted babies and fertilized eggs meant for invetro fertilization are the sources they want banned. - Dario Gomez
Religious arguments are difficult for me to comprehend but at least now I have perspective for the counterpoint. - Sally - Skyrimmin' It
As far as I can tell, though, they used the standard protocol for treating relapsed AML: high-intensity chemotherapy followed by allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Even without HIV, the idea is that you kill every cell that rapidly proliferates, including the bone marrow, and including cells of the immune system that hide in usually inaccessible places like the central nervous system. So it's the chemotherapy that actually killed the cells that carried HIV. The only place where it modifies the usual procedure is that they transplanted HIV-resistant cells - Victor Ganata