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  • The treatment very nearly killed her.

    Hard core.
  • My mind immediately went to I Am Legend when reading the Fark title. Excellent news though!
  • After reading the article, this sort of treatment could possibly be used against viruses too, by reprogramming T-cells as dedicated hunter-killers against a specific viral strain. The ability to implant millions of them immediately means you could treat patients already infected (as opposed to a vaccine).

    Very cool premise.
  • Nofun: After reading the article, this sort of treatment could possibly be used against viruses too, by reprogramming T-cells as dedicated hunter-killers against a specific viral strain. The ability to implant millions of them immediately means you could treat patients already infected (as opposed to a vaccine).


    I'm missing something here. That's how your immune system already works, becoming dedicated hunter-killers against specific virus strains. Why would you take the time and effort to purify the T cells, genetically engineer them and re-inject them when your body does a much better job of it already?
  • And to cure the HIV, They're going to use Ebola, right?
  • What if I have cancer-AIDS?
  • FirstNationalBastard: And to cure the HIV, They're going to use Ebola, right?


    And to cure Ebola, the smallpox.
  • WizardofToast: FirstNationalBastard: And to cure the HIV, They're going to use Ebola, right?

    And to cure Ebola, the smallpox.


    Eventually we will get to gorillas, then winter.
  • So now Fark headlines are "Yadda, yadda, yadda, still no cure for the common cold"?
  • Next week, we use cancer to cure HIV

    /then it'll all come full circle
  • Arkanaut: What if I have cancer-AIDS?


    You're not alone. Link
  • lennavan: I'm missing something here. That's how your immune system already works, becoming dedicated hunter-killers against specific virus strains. Why would you take the time and effort to purify the T cells, genetically engineer them and re-inject them when your body does a much better job of it already?


    Except when it doesn't work. Like with cancer, or with viruses that your body can't eliminate....

    Can the modified HIV hunt down HIV?
  • Doctor : I have good news and bad news
    Cancer patient : um ok?
    Doctor : We cured your cancer!
    Cancer patient : WOW! Great! whats the bad news?

    ...
  • WizardofToast: FirstNationalBastard: And to cure the HIV, They're going to use Ebola, right?

    And to cure Ebola, the smallpox.


    Smallpox? Cured with Polio.
  • lennavan: Arkanaut: What if I have cancer-AIDS?

    You're not alone. Link


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  • Oh, nice. I guess AIDS has the right acronym after all.
  • lennavan: Nofun: After reading the article, this sort of treatment could possibly be used against viruses too, by reprogramming T-cells as dedicated hunter-killers against a specific viral strain. The ability to implant millions of them immediately means you could treat patients already infected (as opposed to a vaccine).

    I'm missing something here. That's how your immune system already works, becoming dedicated hunter-killers against specific virus strains. Why would you take the time and effort to purify the T cells, genetically engineer them and re-inject them when your body does a much better job of it already?


    I had the same thought, but then shrugged it off because apparently if the body was already doing a better job the patients wouldn't be sick. Also, I figured scientists just liked genetically engineering stuff because it's cool. The fact that it actually cures something is icing on the cake. Today cancer-killing HIV, tomorrow sharkoctoplatypussbearcrabs.
  • lennavan: I'm missing something here. That's how your immune system already works, becoming dedicated hunter-killers against specific virus strains. Why would you take the time and effort to purify the T cells, genetically engineer them and re-inject them when your body does a much better job of it already?


    Except I imagine the body sometimes has a harder time of identifying cancers when it comes to the hunter-killer T-Cells, since for the most part, the cancer IS the body. Just a bit of it going bugnuts. So the reprogramming may be necessary to get the T-Cells to attack the cancer.

    I would not be surprised if this treatment method leads to some auto-immune issues, but it's a hell of a lot better than dying of cancer.
  • I dunno why she swallowed the flu ...
  • Cythraul: The treatment very nearly killed her.

    Hard core.


    That makes it sound like every episode of House M.D. ever.
  • Next up: "Still no warp drive."
  • Next week, we use cancer to cure HIV


    I attended a lecture by Dr. June just a few weeks ago and they are using a similar concept to fight AIDS, too. Take some T-cells out, knock out the gene that codes for the (sometimes missing anyway) target surface protein for HIV attachment and put them back in. All for neighborhood of the cost of a year's worth of antiretrovirals. Personalized cell therapy will change the way we approach a lot of horrible diseases.
  • Felgraf: Except I imagine the body sometimes has a harder time of identifying cancers when it comes to the hunter-killer T-Cells, since for the most part, the cancer IS the body.


    ghall3: Except when it doesn't work. Like with cancer


    We were talking about viruses. I get the cancer bit.

    This technique seems to teach your immune system what to target. I don't see how the ability to teach your immune system what to target will get us any further with viruses. I do know some about viruses and I'm actually currently working on curing cancer (well a very specific one) and no I'm not using HIV.
  • juggs: Next week, we use cancer to cure HIV


    I attended a lecture by Dr. June just a few weeks ago and they are using a similar concept to fight AIDS, too. Take some T-cells out, knock out the gene that codes for the (sometimes missing anyway) target surface protein for HIV attachment and put them back in. All for neighborhood of the cost of a year's worth of antiretrovirals. Personalized cell therapy will change the way we approach a lot of horrible diseases.


    Can it get rid of my herpes? I'm tired of getting phone calls a week later.
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