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  •  The Docs treating the HIV infants (7+ / 0-)

    must feel they're walking a tightrope.  Bravo that they've had the courage to take these first steps.

    How fortuitous this event:

    Then, 18 months later, the mother stopped taking the baby to appointments and stopped giving the drugs. Five months later, when she came to an appointment, doctors feared the baby would be teeming with virus.

    Instead, to their astonishment, they found none. And Dr. Persaud’s testing has found none, despite using tests normally able to detect dormant virus in adult patients on successful treatment.

    that undoubtedly provides info that otherwise would not have been available.  

    Thanks for including this today, Greg and I hope you'll give us updates.

    As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

    by JaxDem on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 04:54:23 AM PST

    •  In that case, bravo for Mom! (0+ / 0-)

      Even though she was an idiot toward her child, it's worked out well for everyone else. Science is made in strange, unexpected ways sometimes.

      What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

      by TerryDarc on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 08:44:17 AM PST

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      •  More good HIV news: (1+ / 0-)
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        In a small, 12-person study, researchers were able to modify some of the participants' immune cells to make them immune to HIV infection.  The article describes this as "HIV shielding", although it'd be more accurate to say they removed receptors on the modified cells to make it impossible for HIV to latch onto them.

        Millions of T-cells were taken from the blood and grown in the laboratory until the doctors had billions of cells to play with.

        The team then edited the DNA inside the T-cells to give them the shielding mutation - known as CCR5-delta-32.

        About 10 billion cells were then infused back in, although only around 20% were successfully modified.

        When patients were taken off their medication for four weeks, the number of unprotected T-cells still in the body fell dramatically, whereas the modified T-cells seemed to be protected and could still be found in the blood several months later.

        "Ça c'est une chanson que j'aurais vraiment aimé ne pas avoir écrite." -- Barbara

        by FogCityJohn on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:45:45 AM PST

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        •  What was a death sentence 25 years ago (0+ / 0-)

          and is still a very serious illness and terribly expensive now may be treatable in the near future. We are living in an age of miracles and wonder.

          What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

          by TerryDarc on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 03:55:09 PM PST

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