HIV used to treat leukemia

  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
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    continued...

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121210080837.htm
     
  4. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    Oh my god, that's amazing!
     
  5. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    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. 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. Ygggdrasil

    Ygggdrasil 1,691
    Science Advisor

  8. Monique

    Monique 4,699
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    Exactly, with the exception that HIV targets T-cells and is thus the logical choice of virus for the cell type.
     
  9. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    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. Monique

    Monique 4,699
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    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. Ygggdrasil

    Ygggdrasil 1,691
    Science Advisor

  12. Monique

    Monique 4,699
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    haha :smile:
     
  13. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    Hahaha!
     
  14. 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.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share a link to this question via email, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?