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Stem Cell Transplant Cures HIV In 'Berlin Patient'

Medical Research HIV/AIDS Stem Cells 2010

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#1 Balderdash

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:15 PM

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On the heels of World AIDS Day comes a stunning medical breakthrough: Doctors believe an HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant has been cured as a result of the procedure.

Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the "Berlin Patient," received the transplant in 2007 as part of a lengthy treatment course for leukemia. His doctors recently published a report in the journal Blood affirming that the results of extensive testing "strongly suggest that cure of HIV infection has been achieved."

Brown's case paves a path for constructing a permanent cure for HIV through genetically-engineered stem cells.

Amazing and awesome news!   :wow:

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:22 PM

Holy cow, amazing and awesome news indeed!  Time for us to make up for all the lost time in stem cell research.  Imagine all the good stuff we could have been learning!
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#3 RommieSG

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:34 PM

There's a lot to be gained from stem-cell research. I hope that we're able to find the answers to a lot of questions about the human body.
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Posted 14 December 2010 - 04:50 PM

I hope two things: One that this is the real genuine deal, and two, that this opens the gates for further stem cell research.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 05:02 PM

I'm not sure but I think that the stem cells used were regular adult stem cells
and not the controversial embryonic stem cells.  I think that they used stem cells
from a person who is naturally (genetically mutated) HIV resistant and doesn't have
the receptors that most people have in their cells for HIV to hide in.  I may not
be getting it totally right but I'm pretty sure I have it mostly right.

Still, anything that stem cells can do, whatever kind they are is wonderful.

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Posted 15 December 2010 - 12:21 PM

I want to hope that this is for real and not some fluke.

Now if they can just repeat this success

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