HIV used to cure Brain disease....

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    Nov 06, 2009 5:21 PM GMT
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_med_gene_therapy
  • calibro

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    Nov 06, 2009 9:13 PM GMT
    very interesting read. thanks for the post.
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    Nov 06, 2009 10:01 PM GMT

    It cured my sluttiness too! icon_surprised.gif
  • handsoffire

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    Nov 06, 2009 10:20 PM GMT
    it's scary what a pandoras box it can be. So much hope there tho........
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    Nov 07, 2009 1:36 AM GMT

    This is a potentially significant stepping stone on the way to better genetic therapies. Several years ago researchers tried to deliver the gene needed to treat ALD with a feline leukemia virus. Following the treatment, two of the subjects developed leukemia. Even more seriously - according to the researchers - the feline leukemia virus shell delivered the missing gene to something like 0.1% of the cells that needed it. The HIV virus shell appears to deliver a clinically more effective 15%. I haven't yet heard the rationale for why two such awful viruses have been drafted into this use, but I suspect it has to do with their efficiency at delivering their genetic cargo to host cells.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/06/health/06gene.html?ref=health