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AIDS Cured in One Man


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Doctors in Berlin are reporting that they cured a man of AIDS by giving him transplanted blood stem cells from a person naturally resistant to the virus.

But while the case has novel medical implications, experts say it will be of little immediate use in treating AIDS. Top American researchers called the treatment unthinkable for the millions infected in Africa and impractical even for insured patients in top research hospitals.


Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/health/1...&ei=5087%0A

Now, admittedly, this article is pretty pessimistic about the practicality of using this treatment on everyone with AIDS, saying that it's just much too expensive and hard to find donors, but I think this is still absolutely incredible news.

I'm not a doctor (what's the right acronym for that? IANAD? hmmm...), but to me this is saying that we might be lots closer to a vaccine to one of the most horrible diseases of our time... a situation well worth celebrating.
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Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/14/health/1...&ei=5087%0A

Now, admittedly, this article is pretty pessimistic about the practicality of using this treatment on everyone with AIDS, saying that it's just much too expensive and hard to find donors, but I think this is still absolutely incredible news.

I'm not a doctor (what's the right acronym for that? IANAD? hmmm...), but to me this is saying that we might be lots closer to a vaccine to one of the most horrible diseases of our time... a situation well worth celebrating.



Even if the cure that has been found isn't going to be used globally or frequently, it's still amazing to see that at least one person has been cured of that horrible disease.

Hopefully research will still continue in the right direction and a more available cure will be found.
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Sweet, if they are one step closer to curing AIDS, that means man-kind has taken a leap forward
and is grounds for celebration. Who knows? maybe we might find a way to cure the common cold.......one day.
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Why can't they devise a method by which they may artificially synthesize the anti-bodies present in the pathogen resistant cells? Like they do for virtually any other conquered virus? Procure enough samples of the serum cells and research the potential for synthesis. Seems logical to me.

Also, I had read somewhere that the children who are born with AIDS that are able to survive until puberty have in some cases developed either "carrier" or complete immunity. I'll have to dig up that article. That's how Europeans became resistant to the Bubonic Plague.

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