Thursday, November 13, 2008

AIDs patient cured in Germany

A patient with both leukemia and HIV was cured in Berlin, by receiving hematopoetic stem cells (the basic cell that gives rise to all your blood cells) from a match who was CCR5-. First, the patient had intensive chemo- and radiotherapy, then received a bone marrow transplant.

There is a high risk for the patient with a 10-30% chance of death from having your immune system and bone marrow cells wiped out before the transplant. Still, this is fascinating.
NYtimes Article

1 comment:

GSA said...

At last, here you are. I have been waiting for a post from you for quite a while now. I read that piece of news also, amazing isn't it? How is school going?