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Via RedState colleague Aaron Gardner comes this report from Germany suggesting that they’ve managed to kill the HIV virus. As I have had it explained to me, German doctors treating a HIV-positive patient suffering from leukemia (immune system) with adult* stem cells taken from a donor with a particular mutation (one that offers a heightened resistance to the HIV virus). After two transplants, the leukemia went into remission – and the HIV virus is no longer detectable in the patients bloodstream, after 3.5 years.
This is highly exciting news, but one caveat: this treatment involved first destroying the patient’s existing immune system via chemotherapy and radiation. Which is better than dying, but it’s not really a treatment that’s currently amenable to mass production methods. Still: possible first, easy later.
*In other words, no human being was killed to make this cure.