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User avatar #141 - tls (05/26/2012) [-]
Coming from someone who lost the person he was closest to in his life to leukemia, this was some of the greatest news I had ever heard. I hope that this becomes a common practice, and news about this is spread to everyone.
No, this procedure does not give you aids. They took the HIV samples, and neutralized them so that they retain how the virus spreads (rapid multiplication and expansion via the blood stream), but without the effects of HIV. As in, the HIV samples became delivery systems, or "vectors." They will spread rapidly through the patients' bodies, however instead of giving them HIV it acts as a vector for genetically modified white blood cells that kill cancer. Normally, white blood cells die off after killing a few foreign bodies, thus reducing their numbers even further while reproduction is limited by the cancer cells. However, these white blood cells would attack and kill cancer cells, then move on to the next and have been seen to reactivate as far as 12 months after the procedure to continue destroying cancer cells.
Source: www.geek.com/articles/geek-pick/hiv-virus-used-to-turn-white-blood-cells-into-cancer-serial-killers-20110811/
TL;DR: Doesn't give you AIDS, kills all (or the majority of) the cancer cells in the patient's bodies.
#144 to #141 - madoc (05/26/2012) [-]
Thanks to you I won't have to try and explain that to people, yay :D
User avatar #143 to #141 - theexo (05/26/2012) [-]
so wait? this will cure everyone of cancer? could it work on terminal cancer?
User avatar #167 to #143 - tls (05/26/2012) [-]
Keep in mind that this is still very, very new. They've only had funding enough to do the procedure on three patients. And the results show a complete leukemia kill-off in two patients, and a 70% kill-off in a the third who was a 70 year old man. Now, they do not know/have not explored if this will work with other forms of cancer as the testing was done only on leukemia patients. But my god, the possibilities of this are staggering.
Here is the University of Pennsylvania press release: www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2011/08/t-cells/
#150 to #143 - anon (05/26/2012) [-]
Terminal means the cancer has spread so radically throughout the body, like all up in dat **** , that you can't get rid of it, at least not with our current technology... It's like trying to get rid of a really really really deep stain on a carpet with only water and a rag..
User avatar #153 to #150 - dyllygaf (05/26/2012) [-]
It could probably help slow down the process though, even it it didn't cure it all the way, which is a good start :)

It's basically brainwashing the enemy soldiers to work for you, it's a fantastic idea that will help lots and lots of people if implemented properly :)
User avatar #152 to #150 - theexo (05/26/2012) [-]
well if this was recently founded then they wouldn't know if it worked on terminally ill unless they tested it. idk im just being hopefull
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