"The Berlin Patient" cured from AIDS...meet the first person cured of the disease.

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    May 17, 2011 11:41 PM GMT
    WOW...could this be true? And if so.what does that mean for others who are infected?

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2011/05/16/apparent-immunity-gene-cures-bay-area-man-of-aids/
  • lopakados

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    May 18, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    that's a good point that it is rare - but it shows great progress in hopefully finding a cure.
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    May 18, 2011 5:07 AM GMT
    Well, this is DEFINATLEY a step forward. We now know how to get the virus to ignore human cells. The next step is getting HUMAN cells to ignore those same cells. Autoimmunity still remains the problem, self targetting self. What needs to change is the ability to get the body, and thus immune system, to recognize new forms of self, or completely readapt the cell coatings of an individual. While not easy or within grasp yet, it is certainly not all THAT far off in genetic science.
  • hebrewman

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    May 18, 2011 8:18 AM GMT
    the ARV drug companies are probably having shit fit over this. after all, if there is a cure, how are they going to stuff their corporate pockets and make their stockholders rich? i think a cure could have been found years ago, but the drug companies are holding back. pitty.
  • dannyboy1101

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    May 29, 2011 8:42 PM GMT
    No wonder republicans oppose stem cell research so heavily. Perhaps it offers health for the affected and makes current pharmaceuticals unnecessary.
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    May 29, 2011 8:54 PM GMT
    Doesn't a leukaemia bone marrow transplant have a kill rate of around a third? I don't think Big Pharma is shaking in it's boots boys.

    Also IIRC this only works for HIV-2, not -1. Though HIV-1 is mostly confined to Africa, right?