How this news morsel snuck by is beyond me, but since most folks haven't heard the news:
A German man who underwent stem cell treatments to treat his leukemia has found as a happy side-effect that the HIV cells in his system had disappeared, and have yet to reappear. The operation was headed by Dr. Gero Hutter of the Charité-Medical University of Berlin.
"We waited every day for a bad reading," Dr. Hütter told reporters this week, some eight months after he first reported the case, in February at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. But so far, he and colleagues have been unable to find the virus in blood, bone marrow, lymph nodes, intestines, or brain, he said."
Let's run that by again, much simpler this time.
HIV positive human + stem cell therapy = no HIV.
Now the treatment is expensive, half a mill, but the cost will drop. And the treatment is dangerous, but in time it will be safer.
So anyone with half a mill and a reckless streak can be cured of their HIV.
This news is staggering in the extreme.
Here's news words: MedpageToday, Wall Street Journal, and NY Times.
Go technology! And a massive SuperForest "Thank you!" to Dr. Gero Hutter and the Charité-Medical University of Berlin.
Okay, so far thanks to stem cells, we can regrow lost limbs, help paralyzed folks walk, and cure HIV. One wonders what could have been achieved had we not banned research eight years ago.
Love that tech.