Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Interesting Medical News on HIV: Cure or Fluke?

This November 7 article in the Wall Street Journal is very worth reading from any context.

Perhaps IT will have some thoughts on this.

The startling case of an AIDS patient who underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia is stirring new hope that gene-therapy strategies on the far edges of AIDS research might someday cure the disease.

The patient, a 42-year-old American living in Berlin, is still recovering from his leukemia therapy, but he appears to have won his battle with AIDS. Doctors have not been able to detect the virus in his blood for more than 600 days, despite his having ceased all conventional AIDS medication. Normally when a patient stops taking AIDS drugs, the virus stampedes through the body within weeks, or days.--Wall Street Journal online, November 7, 2008

As one that loves science, I hope that the new president will immediately begin to dismantle the anti-science (and faux science) of the last 8 years in favor of proper scientific assessment and review in all areas.