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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Cure for HIV?

That's what some Germans are saying and have been thinking since 09:

... during the process of immune reconstitution, we found evidence for the replacement of long-lived host tissue cells with donor-derived cells indicating that the size of the viral reservoir has been reduced over time. In conclusion, our results strongly suggest that cure of HIV has been achieved in this patient.

Did you get that? No? Ok, here is a breakdown.

In 07 a German doctor and his team were working with an HIV patient who was also suffering from acute myeloid leukemia. The doctor decided to not only go after the leukemia but also the HIV. The way they did this was with a stem cell transplant, two actually but I am getting ahead of myself.

To try and cure the patient, this team of doctors went and found a specific type of stem cell. The type they were looking for comes about when both parents of the stem cell donor have a genetic defect called CCR5 delta-32 deletion. The defect, when found in both parents, results in the absence of the CCR5 receptors. This makes one highly resistant to HIV.

So now they have the proper stem cells, what's next?

Nuke the immune system then drop in the stem cells. That brings us to the quote above.

What happened next is that the new stem cells, minus the CCR5 receptors, start replacing the old HIV infected cells. At this point the patient is off his HIV meds and not showing signs of HIV.

His leukemia did come back and the docs did another stem cell transplant. Since then, clear sailing. No leukemia and no HIV.

Simply amazing. I thank God for the genius he has left imprinted on his creation.

Aaron B. Gardner

P.S. Adult Stem Cells, not embryonic. Them's the breaks lefties. You laid your wager on death being the path to life. You were wrong.