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German Doctor Cures an HIV Patient With a Bone Marrow Transplant


HIV is the virus that causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Until now, HIV has no cure and has led to the deaths of over 25 million people. However, a possible cure has appeared. Dr. Gero Hutter, a brilliant physician in Germany, replaced the bone marrow of an HIV patient with the bone marrow of a donor who has natural immunity to HIV. The new bone marrow in the patient then produced immune-system cells that are immune to HIV. Being unable to hijack any immune cell, the HIV has simply disappeared. The patient has been free of HIV for about 2 years. Some physicians at UCLA have developed a similar therapy and plan to commercialize it.


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organfailure
Nov. 19th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
That makes sense from a biochemical prospective.

I'd be curious to see the economic ramifications if this procedure gets accepted as a "cure" for AIDS since bone marrow is acquired through donation, and testing for the mutation has to be voluntary. I can see some serious money shifting under the table, and some enormous pressures being put on people.
streamweaver
Nov. 20th, 2008 12:18 am (UTC)
I was excited when I read about this too. Hard cure though, ti involves wiping out the original patients immune stem cells with chemo and then doing the transplant. rough procedure for sure.
jasondemotte
Nov. 20th, 2008 04:50 am (UTC)
Wow. That's pretty amazing. I'm sure it's a ways away from being able to help a large number of people, but it's wonderful start.
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