Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 at 7:01 am
A man has officially been cured of HIV. No, its not Magic Johnson but its amazing news none the less. Timothy Ray Brown, also known as the “Berlin Patient,” is HIV-positive man who underwent a stem cell transplant due to cancer has been cured as a result of the procedure.
After a three year study (transplant occurred in February 2007) researchers have declared Brown cured of the virus.The donor’s stem cells contained a rare, inherited gene mutation that made them naturally resistant to infection with HIV, according to the authors of the research , led by Kristina Allers, who hypothesized that HIV would nevertheless rebound over time. But that has not happened.
I`m not sure if you remember but a few years back BUSH tried to outlaw stem-sell research and now its another potential cure for HIV. Things are looking up for HIV patients but even with this breakthrough its sad that republicans will still try to deny thousands of people who are suffering a chance to benefit from stem cell research.