man supposedly cured of leukemia by stem cell transplant

artsurgerygiWell this IS something! I really hope (as I always do) that this could lead to a permanent cure of HIV and Leukemia. The only additional thing I would wish for is that the big drug companies see none of the profit from this breakthrough. I’m convinced there exists a non money making cure to AIDS. But I suppose that it would be wide knowledge by now.

“The patient is fine,” said Dr. Gero Hutter of Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin in Germany. “Today, two years after his transplantation, he is still without any signs of HIV disease and without antiretroviral medication.”

The case was first reported in November, and the new report is the first official publication of the case in a medical journal. Hutter and a team of medical professionals performed the stem cell transplant on the patient, an American living in Germany, to treat the man’s leukemia, not the HIV itself.

However, the team deliberately chose a compatible donor who has a naturally occurring gene mutation that confers resistance to HIV. The mutation cripples a receptor known as CCR5, which is normally found on the surface of T cells, the type of immune system cells attacked by HIV.

via Man appears free of HIV after stem cell transplant –

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Stem Cells Undo Birth Defects, Can Help Reverse Brain Damage

This is an excellent advancement in repairing brain damage caused by strokes, etc. While there is a small downside that injected stem cells could get stuck in tissue, the discovery far outweighs that small stumbling block. Also I assume that the people against stem cell research don’t so much like this either.

“If you use neural stem cells,” says Yanai, “they are your little doctors. They’re looking for the defect, they’re diagnosing it, and they’re differentiating into what’s needed to repair the defect. They are doing my job, in a way.”

via Technology Review: Stem Cells Undo Birth Defects.

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