HIV Cured, making the future bright

by on Dec.15, 2010, under Articles, Science, Technology

The cure isn’t perfect, to start off with. The procedure kills one third of the patients who under go it so far, but the cure exists.

Man Officially Cured of HIV by Brian Barrett (Gizmodo.com)

It uses excessive chemotherapy that kills off the patient’s immune system, literally, then using specialied stem-cells, implants a “new” immune system that is present in a very small percentage of the human population known to be virtually immune to HIV.

It’s radical, it’s amazing, and it isn’t really a viable mass cure but what it is is a great start towards a real and true cure. At some point in the near future, we might actually have fully survivable gene therapies which will completely rid the human race of one of its more prolific killers.

For those of you who are more medically inclined, here are the published results from the New England Journal of Medicine.

Score one for humanity!

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  • Keystone

    This is potentially one of the biggest discoveries in AIDS research since the retroviral therapy became available. It also have the potential to help so many other people. I hope the research holds up and that HIV doesn’t mutate in a way to infect these people.

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