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Medical HIV used to treat leukemia

  1. Dec 12, 2012 #1
    This is pretty incredible:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbNSG80B12Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iw-12Qf3bM4

    If anyone knows the details why not give them here
     
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  3. Dec 13, 2012 #2

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    continued...

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121210080837.htm
     
  4. Dec 13, 2012 #3

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    Oh my god, that's amazing!
     
  5. Dec 14, 2012 #4

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    The next age in medicine will be very exciting. I bet just 10 years ago listening to this story would seem like science fiction!
     
  6. Dec 14, 2012 #5
    the media hype over “HIV” based cancer therapies is misleading – the lentivirus used was really only a gene delivery vehicle (in theory, other non-viral based methods could have been used just as easily)
     
  7. Dec 14, 2012 #6

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    Exactly, with the exception that HIV targets T-cells and is thus the logical choice of virus for the cell type.
     
  9. Dec 14, 2012 #8

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    It's exciting because it's the HIV virus and not some other virus no one knows about really. We've taken a widespread and terrible disease and used it against another disease. That's exciting! Similarly discovering an exoplanet in the Alpha Centauri system shouldn't have been that exciting. After all, we've discovered hundreds already and this one isn't much different. But the fact that it's the closest star system to our own MAKES IT EXCITING!
     
  10. Dec 14, 2012 #9

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    It's great how excited you are :biggrin:
    And I agree it is, good science is always exciting. This sure is a good way to get funding for a project, "I'm going to use HIV to cure cancer".
     
  11. Dec 14, 2012 #10

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  13. Dec 14, 2012 #12

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    Hahaha!
     
  14. Dec 30, 2012 #13
    It is ironic, since a bone marrow transplant(to treat leukemia) from an HIV-resistant donor is the only means by which an HIV infection has been cured.
     
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