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A Utah man’s leukemia is in remission, thanks to an experimental therapy. Doctors injected him with HIV-infused white blood cells, which were programmed to recognize, target and kill the cancer.
he learned about researchers at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where they’ve spent two decades developing a breakthrough experimental treatment that kills cancer
the CTL019 cells, which he refers to as "serial killers," stay dormant in the body unless the cancer returns.
In 2012, seven-year-old Emma Whitehead became the first child to undergo T-cell immunotherapy... ...Two months after the April procedure, testing revealed there was no sign of cancer in the girl’s body
There were a total of 30 acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients involved: five adults ages 26 to 60, and 25 children and young adults ages 5 to 22. Six months after being treated, 23 of the 30 patients were still alive, and 19 of them have remained in complete remission
T-cells, types of white blood cell, were taken from Emily and infected with modified HIV. The virus obediently transferred its DNA into Emily’s T-cells, but scientists had also deleted the DNA which would normally allow it to replicate, removing the possibility that Emily herself could get HIV from the treatment. This modified HIV carried DNA that allowed the T-cells to track down the leukaemic white blood cells inside Emily’s body and kill them. Emily remains disease free at the time of writing, over two-and-a half-years after treatment.
originally posted by: rickymouse
So will these people suffer a miserable death in five years from HIV now? Did it just prolong their death a few years and they will die of Aids? I guess I need to read the article.
originally posted by: ecoparity
a reply to: trollz
If you have the money, connections or both you already have access to medical advances not available to the general public.
Try a Google search sometime for "cancer cure study" and check out how many cures have been discovered over the past 2 decades vs. the number of actual products on the market.
We've known exactly what causes aging and how to reverse it, even done so in public lab tests on mice (and many other species in private) going back to the 1970s. We already have access to "immortal" genetic sequences, cells and molecules including certain types of cancer cells.
We mapped the human genome in the 80s and were able to reverse map the production of proteins back in the 70s as well.
We could all live hundreds of years minus terminal condition or injury right now but the answer why these advances all go on the shelf or into black projects is obvious - population. At this point the only hope for humanity to access these advances is the coming colonization of other planets. Some of us might still be here to see that day come without being "special" but it really is a race to the end or a race to the beginning now.