Stem cell transplant led to ‘cure of HIV infection’

Posted on 15 Dec 2010 at 12:44pm

This is really significant news:

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.

My understanding is that medical professionals don’t throw around the term “cure” in professional journals unless they mean it. This just gives the haters another reason to oppose stem cell research.




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