Doctors Inject HIV Into Dying Girl — You’ll be Glad They Did

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    Jul 29, 2013 2:04 AM GMT


    icon_eek.gifI'll be damned.I don't know if I believe this. They used HIV virus to inject the dying girl
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    Jul 29, 2013 3:30 AM GMT
    Amazing!
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 29, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    Wow ... If this is for real, this is an awesome breakthrough
  • kietkat

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    Jul 29, 2013 4:49 AM GMT
    Interesting, though scientists have been using viral vectors for quite some time. I wonder how the engineered virus is controlled from over proliferation. In other words, what happens to it after the tumor cells are destroyed. I cant imagine that they'd allow such a thing to continue populating the body.
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    Jul 29, 2013 5:04 AM GMT
    The research work shown in the video was published in New England Journal of Medicine.

    Two girls, unidentified in the paper, in the small clinical trial were given the same treatment. One was successfully cleared with cancer cells in 11 months (must be the girl in the video). The other had a relapse 2 months after the treatment. The cancer cells changed their facade, and the killer immune cells couldn't target them any more. I am very happy that this approach has cured the little girl, but there is obviously a long way to go to make it successful to every patient with leukemia.

    The virus they used is lentivirus, which belongs to the same virus family with HIV. The researcher engineered a small piece of the HIV into the lentivirus. So it was not HIV they used.

    The researchers did not inject the virus into the little girl. Instead, the immune cells were taken out and treated with the engineered virus, which helped carried a gene into the immune cells. The engineered virus would't replicate any more, but the gene would be expressed and produce proteins that recognized the cancer cells. These killer immune cells were injected back into the little girl to fight cancer.

    I am all for the public awareness and potential fundings brought by the video, but it should not be done at the price of sending out scientific misconceptions.
  • hebrewman

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    Jul 29, 2013 5:30 AM GMT
    i've often wondered the direct/indirect correlation between cancer and HIV. i hope this leads to 'cures' for both. i'd give anything to not have been subjected to radiation and chemo. radiation in particular.
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    Jul 29, 2013 5:33 AM GMT
    Brilliant!

    I just hate cancer so much, my dad had LC even if he is such a healthnut- no vices, exercises everyday, pescitarian.
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    Jul 29, 2013 9:39 PM GMT
    ursa_minor saidBrilliant!

    I just hate cancer so much, my dad had LC even if he is such a healthnut- no vices, exercises everyday, pescitarian.


    my prayers are with you. yeah, i hate the big c too.
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    Jul 29, 2013 9:43 PM GMT
    Didn't you guys watch this movie!? titled WAR OF THE Z



    DUH! icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 29, 2013 9:57 PM GMT
    http://xkcd.com/938/
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    Jul 29, 2013 11:41 PM GMT
    kietkat saidInteresting, though scientists have been using viral vectors for quite some time. I wonder how the engineered virus is controlled from over proliferation. In other words, what happens to it after the tumor cells are destroyed. I cant imagine that they'd allow such a thing to continue populating the body.


    They probably die off because they're only attracted to the cancerous cells. When there are no cells left over, they stop production due to the nature of how viruses reproduce.
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    Aug 03, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    Of Course Ha lolicon_biggrin.gif