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(CBS News)   Remember the name Timothy Ray Brown. He's the first man in world history to have his HIV completely eliminated from his body in what doctors call a "functional cure"   (cbsnews.com) divider line 314
    More: Cool, HIV, drug-resistant, AIDS epidemic, white blood cells, radioactive isotopes, news correspondent, UCSF, KCBS  
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2011-06-05 10:43:26 PM  
Holy shiat!

If they figure out how to push it out en masse there's going to be farkin' in the streets.
 
2011-06-05 10:47:15 PM  
if we cure HIV/AIDS, the evangelical community in the US is gonna hit the gotdamn roof.
 
2011-06-05 11:20:55 PM  
Behold the power of science.

/duly f*cking impressed
 
2011-06-05 11:39:17 PM  
Give that man a high five.
 
2011-06-06 12:10:45 AM  
wearscience.com


Here's hoping it leads to a viable and scalable solution...
 
2011-06-06 12:37:39 AM  
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It works, biatches.
 
2011-06-06 01:02:34 AM  
Still no cure for cancer.
 
2011-06-06 01:06:00 AM  
WOOOOOT!!!

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2011-06-06 01:06:11 AM  

Weaver95: if we cure HIV/AIDS, the evangelical community in the US is gonna hit the gotdamn roof.


We'll rejoice, asshat.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2011-06-06 01:27:02 AM  
God be praised!
And praise is due to everyone behind the effort; congratulations!
I'll have my fingers crossed and hope like hell that this works right and'll lead to improvements in the treatment.

And to Mr. T. R. Brown, you've got a second lease. Make the most of it, private ryan.
 
2011-06-06 01:31:38 AM  

Chariset: Weaver95: if we cure HIV/AIDS, the evangelical community in the US is gonna hit the gotdamn roof.

We'll rejoice, asshat.


Based on previous advances in the medical field, I highly doubt it. remember the outrage from the evangelicals over that HPV vaccine? if they hit the roof over an HPV cure, can you imagine how the evangelicals would react to the thought that someone cured 'God's punishment for immorality among they gays'? i'm guessing the reaction would be negative.
 
2011-06-06 02:40:43 AM  

Chariset: Weaver95: if we cure HIV/AIDS, the evangelical community in the US is gonna hit the gotdamn roof.

We'll rejoice, asshat.


Real Christians will.

Fundamental Evangelist will not.
 
2011-06-06 02:48:46 AM  

Weaver95: if they hit the roof over an HPV cure, can you imagine how the evangelicals would react to the thought that someone cured 'God's punishment for immorality among they gays'?


Any Christian who wouldn't feel an overwhelming urge to praise God upon news that one of the most horrible diseases in history has been cured, ending or preventing literally unimaginable suffering, does not deserve the name 'Christian.'

And I'll thank you not to tar us all with the same brush.
 
2011-06-06 03:07:43 AM  
You know what's better than a cure for HIV??

Not getting HIV in the first place.
 
2011-06-06 03:59:31 AM  
This isn't new news. I remember reading about it here a while back. And it was said that it's not a viable treatment for most HIV patients.

And did anyone else learn from this article that some caucasians are immune to HIV? That's news to me.
 
2011-06-06 05:00:44 AM  
433: God be praised!

Chariset: Any Christian who wouldn't feel an overwhelming urge to praise God upon news that one of the most horrible diseases in history has been cured, ending or preventing literally unimaginable suffering, does not deserve the name 'Christian.'

[trollface]
Would this be the same God that created HIV/AIDS in the first place? Or a different god?

Why not praise the researchers who actually came up with the cure?
[/trollface]
 
2011-06-06 05:46:28 AM  
Aids? Don't need that shiat again.
 
2011-06-06 05:49:09 AM  
Who's gonna be first to have unprotected sex with him?
 
Skr
2011-06-06 05:52:23 AM  
Hey is this 'immunity to HIV' bone marrow also the same genetic mutation that has a farked up response to the 'Cillin line of antibiotics? (Penicillin Amoxicillin etc) I vaguely remembered reading about it a while back.

This might not be the same guy though I suppose. As I had heard it the functional cure got rid of the HIV, but the new immune system would have a toxic reaction or no response to antibiotics. I also recall that those people would typically be sick twice as long during normal sickness.

/hmm
 
2011-06-06 05:52:35 AM  
FTFA - "Some say it goes back to the Great Plague; People who survived the plague developed an immunity, and that immunity was passed down to their heirs today."

Nice to see Lamarckian evolution in action!

Whoever wrote the article needs a basic evolutionary biology lesson.



(Unless resistance really can passed down like that... pretty sure that retro-combinatory DNA adjustment like that is not normal)
 
2011-06-06 05:57:20 AM  
And you wonder why the republicans truely dont want stem cell research? its because they own the drug companies that are providing the useless meds to all the sufferers and they probably already know that stem cells will cure the patient making their services completely unneeded.
 
2011-06-06 05:58:19 AM  
The Scientists?

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2011-06-06 05:59:35 AM  
I have been a Christian for nearly six minutes (I converted to Christianity for the sake of trolling this comment thread) and I must say that I am disgusted by this. They are going to "cure" God's will? What God would allow such treachery? I cannot believe this. I do not want to catch "teh ghey", as the kids call it on internet message boards. I want to catch God. With both arms. Any Christian who supports this "cure" is no true Christian. Any Christian who supports this "cure" supports homosexuality. Period.
 
2011-06-06 06:00:00 AM  

Gothnet: FTFA - "Some say it goes back to the Great Plague; People who survived the plague developed an immunity, and that immunity was passed down to their heirs today."

Nice to see Lamarckian evolution in action!

Whoever wrote the article needs a basic evolutionary biology lesson.


No, no, it's the same thing with jews being bankers and black people liking chicken. It's passed down, man.
 
2011-06-06 06:00:18 AM  
But then what will keep the population of gays in check?
 
2011-06-06 06:01:30 AM  
Anyone got an over/under on how long it will take for someone in the Fundistan Bible tribes to read the words "stem cells" and start screaming about how "The Gay" need liquified babies to cure their rightful punishment from god?
 
2011-06-06 06:03:00 AM  

SuperDuper28: But then what will keep the population of gays in check?


Well, I understand Glee is in it's final season...
 
2011-06-06 06:03:22 AM  

Weaver95: if we cure HIV/AIDS, the evangelical community in the US is gonna hit the gotdamn roof.


Especially since this cure appears to involve stem cells, I don't think they were the sort of abortion stem cells that everyone got so worked up about, but religious people sometimes have trouble with details and fine distinctions.

The problem I see here is that this cure involves a lot of money being spent and a willing bone-marrow donor. Bone marrow donors are not exactly abundant as it is. Even if they manage to find an alternative to the need for a compatible bone marrow donor, the cure will still be expensive.

If this process can be further refined AIDS/HIV might be turned into a relatively harmless embarrassing but curable disease in wealthy first world nations with universal health care. Poor African countries where a sizable portion of the population is affected won't be affected. It will be reduced to yet another 'cured' disease that only happens to poor people in third world countries. The sort that of exotic diseases normal people occasionally bring back from their vacations.
 
2011-06-06 06:03:28 AM  
Old news is old. And this is really old.
 
2011-06-06 06:04:24 AM  
Or as he will be known by whoever survives the resultant zombie apocalypse, "Patient Zero."
 
2011-06-06 06:04:37 AM  

Gothnet: FTFA - "Some say it goes back to the Great Plague; People who survived the plague developed an immunity, and that immunity was passed down to their heirs today."

Nice to see Lamarckian evolution in action!

Whoever wrote the article needs a basic evolutionary biology lesson.



(Unless resistance really can passed down like that... pretty sure that retro-combinatory DNA adjustment like that is not normal)


The bit that confuses me is that the plague was a bacterium, and HIV is a virus. Being resistant against one wouldn't, I would think, be something that would help one be resistant against the other. Perhaps the survives of the plague had stronger immune systems in general.
 
2011-06-06 06:05:18 AM  

cambie: This isn't new news. I remember reading about it here a while back. And it was said that it's not a viable treatment for most HIV patients.

And did anyone else learn from this article that some caucasians are immune to HIV? That's news to me.


First I've heard of it, too. I'm not a medical professional, but I've been well read for a long time. If true, these people could make serious money for bone marrow donations. Because gays are usually rich decorators.
 
2011-06-06 06:05:44 AM  
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/Science rules
 
2011-06-06 06:07:52 AM  
Four year old news is old news.
Remember telling the woman in charge of stem cell transplants during my clinicals about this guy. Few seemed to pay attention the first five times this was announced.
 
2011-06-06 06:10:34 AM  

mamoru: Would this be the same God that created HIV/AIDS in the first place? Or a different god?


That would probably be Nurgle. He's got a knack for that kind of stuff.
 
2011-06-06 06:12:39 AM  

cambie: This isn't new news. I remember reading about it here a while back. And it was said that it's not a viable treatment for most HIV patients.

And did anyone else learn from this article that some caucasians are immune to HIV? That's news to me.


Yep.

There's also no telling if HIV could evolve to exploit the rare bone marrow type. Right now it's not likely, but if you COULD somehow provide high-risk people who had already gotten HIV with the new type, then it might, who knows.

Of course it's beside the point, because right now there's no conceivable way to confer this sort of immunity to anyone else. Of course it's still a huge reason for hope, trying to figure out some way to exploit this effect without actually having to transplant rare bone marrow types.
 
2011-06-06 06:13:02 AM  

This Face Left Blank: The bit that confuses me is that the plague was a bacterium, and HIV is a virus. Being resistant against one wouldn't, I would think, be something that would help one be resistant against the other.


I'm not a biologist, but this seems like a bit of a simplistic analysis. I do know that there are many types of white blood cells, and many of them have several functions. For instance, the same type of cells that fight viruses are also responsible for producing anti-bodies. It doesn't seem that far-fetched that whatever mutation helped make some people's white cells more effective against bubonic plague also made them resistant to infection by HIV.
 
2011-06-06 06:13:04 AM  
it is also spread through needles and blood transfusions not just sex ... .
 
2011-06-06 06:14:05 AM  
So it took three decades. Three decades, everyone.

That is how long it took for the CIA to release a vaccine to the very disease it released onto the streets of America and the jungles of Africa. Three whole decades.

Now, we have to wonder why. How does the curing of the AIDs virus fit into the grand Illuminati conspiracy here?

Only time will tell.
 
2011-06-06 06:14:18 AM  

cambie: This isn't new news. I remember reading about it here a while back. And it was said that it's not a viable treatment for most HIV patients.

And did anyone else learn from this article that some caucasians are immune to HIV? That's news to me.


I remember reading this at least a couple of years back, and even then it had said he had been aids free for like a year. The story I remember had him getting a bone marrow transplant to cure his leukemia, and the doctor had a hunch that if they did it with someone's marrow that had the AIDS/HIV immunity, that he may also gain the immunity. He cleared it with the dude to give it a shot, ran the donors, found a perfect candidate, and fired away with the transplant. It worked, apparently very well if it is the same guy.

It is good to know that we tracked down a cure of some kind, but it depresses me that it took this long for a "mainstream" source to pick up the story. Hopefully they will cover the developments a bit more thouroughly.
 
2011-06-06 06:16:33 AM  

This Face Left Blank: The bit that confuses me is that the plague was a bacterium, and HIV is a virus. Being resistant against one wouldn't, I would think, be something that would help one be resistant against the other. Perhaps the survives of the plague had stronger immune systems in general.


The same mutation may lead to resistance to both disease but that seems unlikely. More likely it's an incompetent journalist who can't be bothered to either understand or research such things.
 
2011-06-06 06:16:34 AM  

Chariset: Any Christian who wouldn't feel an overwhelming urge to praise God upon news that one of the most horrible diseases in history has been cured


Sure, praise the guy who did nothing to help.
 
2011-06-06 06:18:54 AM  

SuperDuper28: But then what will keep the population of gays in check?


Buttsecks?

I see what you did there and it's FABULOUS!
 
2011-06-06 06:20:50 AM  

SkorzenyNinja: So it took three decades. Three decades, everyone.

That is how long it took for the CIA to release a vaccine to the very disease it released onto the streets of America and the jungles of Africa. Three whole decades.

Now, we have to wonder why. How does the curing of the AIDs virus fit into the grand Illuminati conspiracy here?

Only time will tell.


They're just getting everybody's hopes up, making it that much more devestating when they unleash SuperAIDS.
 
2011-06-06 06:23:21 AM  
I'm pretty sure I read about this a couple of years ago, and they said then that this "cure" was not really applicable to anyone else because it kills such a high percentage of people who undergo it. The treatment is only used in cases where leukemia is going to kill you if you don't try it.
 
2011-06-06 06:23:52 AM  

433: God be praised!
And praise is due to everyone behind the effort; congratulations!
I'll have my fingers crossed and hope like hell that this works right and'll lead to improvements in the treatment.

And to Mr. T. R. Brown, you've got a second lease. Make the most of it, private ryan.

------------------------------
Uncle Bob did it again...hallejujah; pass the plate please
 
2011-06-06 06:24:20 AM  
We should wait and see if it works on another person. This could turn out to be just some weird combination of things that cured him.
 
2011-06-06 06:24:21 AM  

Weaver95: if we cure HIV/AIDS, the evangelical community in the US is gonna hit the gotdamn roof.


"scientists there gave him a bone marrow, stem cell transplant that had astounding results."

Oh, yes. Yes they are.
 
2011-06-06 06:25:41 AM  

Chariset: Weaver95: if they hit the roof over an HPV cure, can you imagine how the evangelicals would react to the thought that someone cured 'God's punishment for immorality among they gays'?

Any Christian who wouldn't feel an overwhelming urge to praise God upon news that one of the most horrible diseases in history has been cured, ending or preventing literally unimaginable suffering, does not deserve the name 'Christian.'

And I'll thank you not to tar us all with the same brush.


Why not praise science, the researchers and the society who deemed funding said researchers was a worthwhile use of our money?
 
2011-06-06 06:26:13 AM  
The bad news is that this requires Ancient DNA. The good news is that they already have the requisite gene therapy, and after you receive it, you can run the weapons platform in Antarctica.
 
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