Archive for September, 2014

The Berlin Patient and the Mysterious Cure for HIV

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For Timothy Ray Brown, the past two decades have been characterized by extremes of bad and good fortune, a streak of adversity giving way to a stroke of incredible, impossible luck. In 1995, Brown, an American living in Berlin, was diagnosed with HIV. In 2006—having kept the virus in check for 11 years with antiretroviral drugs—he was diagnosed with another life-threatening illness: acute myeloid leukemia, a cancer that attacks the bone marrow and spreads to the blood. When radiation and…

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Only One Person Has Been Cured Of HIV, And Now A New Study Could Explain Why

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To this date, only one person is thought to have been cured of HIV — the “Berlin patient” Timothy Ray Brown. But no one is exactly sure which aspect of Brown’s treatment may have cured him. Now a new experiment on monkeys provides more evidence that a rare genetic mutation in the person who donated bone marrow to Brown may have had a central role in his cure. Brown’s HIV was eradicated in 2007 after he underwent a treatment in…

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