Ivor O’Connor

November 9, 2008

Cure for AIDS?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ioconnor @ 4:26 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports what seems like the cure for AIDS. I wonder how much bone marrow must be transplanted and how long it will take for better solutions? I can’t help but wonder how the donor feels with all the AIDS patients looking at him/her like …
Seems like most of our “cures” have resulted from noticing somebody immune, discovering what is different, and then cloning that difference. So who is immune from cancer? Who is immune to Mad Cow Disease? Perhaps there should be a category in every wikipedia listing known cases of immunity to all medical conditions.

The startling case of an AIDS patient who underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia is stirring new hope that gene-therapy strategies on the far edges of AIDS research might someday cure the disease.

The patient, a 42-year-old American living in Berlin, is still recovering from his leukemia therapy, but he appears to have won his battle with AIDS. Doctors have not been able to detect the virus in his blood for more than 600 days, despite his having ceased all conventional AIDS medication. Normally when a patient stops taking AIDS drugs, the virus stampedes through the body within weeks, or days.

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