Man free of HIV after transplant

Discussion in 'Science & History' started by Merc, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    Source: Man appears free of HIV after stem cell transplant - CNN.com

    Like it says at the end of the article, this is not a massive breakthrough, but it is certainly one of the first serious glimmers of light at the end of the AIDS tunnel. I'd imagine a future treatment of AIDS would most likely involve this genetic mutation but we'll see in the coming years.
     

  2. Smelnick

    Smelnick Creeping On You V.I.P.

    That's pretty awesome. Lets hope it doesn't raise questions about stem cell ethics. It's always kind of lame when the activists start protesting about possible life saving techniques simply because developing them risk some lives. Lives that'll die anyway. I'd rather give them some more hope.
     
  3. Merc

    Merc Certified Shitlord V.I.P. Lifetime

    I think if you ask most people where stem cells come from, they only know one answer. They all think that unborn children are the only ways to get stem cells when in truth, they're simply the most viable. We all have stem cells.
     
  4. ILOVEUSA911

    ILOVEUSA911 Registered Member

    Hope is such a wonderful thing. This should give millions of people suffering from AIDS hope that some day, hopefully in the near future, there will be a cure for this horrible disease. Great News.
     
  5. salsanchezfan

    salsanchezfan Registered Member

    This is wonderful news, it's about time something, anything to get rid of this dreaded illness has been developed. Here' hoping the man remains HIV-Free and here's hoping it works for everyone that has it.
     
  6. ysabel

    ysabel /ˈɪzəˌbɛl/ pink 5

    I was very pleased when it was first reported in November. The current medication that seropositive people take can only decrease levels to the point of making it "undetected". However, they're still positive; the treatment doesn't remove it entirely. This is the first case I've heard of a complete reversal. I had thought already that our genes somehow determine our vulnerability to develop AIDS once infected by HIV. There are some seropositive people who have had the virus for decades but never get sick; while others may have the virus only for a few months and develop AIDS right away. Hopefully this transplant findings do facilitate the current studies pursuing the gene angle of eradicating the virus for other infected people.
     

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