- Nov 16, 2009
Stem Cell Transplant Cures HIV In 'Berlin Patient'
Just think where we might be if W. hadnt cut off federal funding of stem cell research for so long
First of all this is by no means a cure, there could be so many complications, they have tried these same treatments for MS, and spinal chord injuries and muscle wasting diseases, and they always seem to have some success at first and then the whole thing comes crashing down with all kinds of rejections by the body. I have been following these studies for years. The stem cell research never stopped, it was regulated because there were lots of labs who used artificial insemination to create human life , just to destroy it for studies,simply unethical, these guys were making millions doing this. So they are still doing the research, but now they are using adult stem cell and the stem cells from umbilical chords, but stem cell therapy is still very dangerous, and a lot of unknowns, so don't buy into this notion that this is the cure for HIV, just not true, I wish it were the truth, but it is a lot more complicated than that. God bless you bro.
I wasn't saying we have a cure for hiv. Just thought it was a pretty amazing story.
Bush put a ban on funding of research using new embryonic, pluripotent stem cell lines. These happen to be the stem cells with the most potential for research. Bush's ban set back research a great deal, forcing researchers to use existing cell lines, many of which had been contaminated. I for one think that the left-over embryos from in vitro procedures would be better used for research that could potentially save many lives, rather than letting them sit a freezer until they are no longer viable.
They can get stem cells from a # of places including your own skin. It's not just about feti.(?) And you could say that they have a cure for HIV... because they actually did cure it.
I wouldn't call this a cure, this was a 3 year process with a bunch of different procedures and finally this man was blessed to receive stem cells with a very rare gene , and this gene's antibodies happen to be HIV resistant,I don't know if you know this , but there is a gene in some people that has this resistance to HIV, very rare , very few people, he must have gotten lucky and receive someone's cells with this gene, minimal odds of this happening with every treatment, and he has only been a couple of years in remission, I would say, wait and see a bit longer, a few of the doctors involved in this admitted on doubting that this is a cure and they expect the HIV to eventually come back. I would say this a crap shoot instead of cure. A cure is something you can give to everyone infected with a certain ailment and the result is wiping out the ailment out of their bodies, like a Polio vaccine or something along those lines, not some lucky isolated incident. too early to say. Blessings brothers. Minister.
It turns out that the gene that causes hiv resistance also does the same to the black plague. that is why it is much more common in northern europeans and almost nonexistent in african, asian, and native american peoples. because the gene was selected for during the dark ages when the plague was rampant....fun science fact of the day lol
Stem Cell technology is exciting and should be researched heavily with tons of money thrown at it. I believe genetic engineering and cloning should be studied heavily as well. The ethical argument is BS imo, who cares if some religious fanatics want to continue living in the stone age. The religious zealots can always have the option of living without technological advancements if they want to, they can move to an Amish community, they shouldnt hold back progress.
The US can let fanatic religious nutjobs hold back progress, but the more forward thinking countries of the world will pass us by and laugh at us.
Seems like "progress" but a "cure" im not convinced. When there is a cure for such a poilical disease which kills a millifraction of any other named disease the resercher will win the Nobel Prize. Time wil tell here. Guess will see.
Being in the medical profession, this very exciting news!! I am definitely FOR any and all research to help improve/prolong life.......do we grow and kill animals so that we can eat and grow ourselves??...so WTF is the difference???....Guess you would have to see what I see day in and day out to really appreciate advancement(regardless of how)in medical technology to improve/prolong life!!