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Date: 12/19/12 08:53 PM

20 Responses to New Cancer Treatment–How Does It Work?

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    trippyhippy9 Male 18-29
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    December 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    Link: New Cancer Treatment--How Does It Work? - Basically, they are using HIV to help kill cells that turn malignant... AIDS kills cancer... who knew?
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    skypirate Male 18-29
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    December 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm i want cancer or aids...tough call.

    seriously tho, thats pretty crazy
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    Runemang Male 30-39
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    December 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm
    I saw that on the news a few days ago. Fascinating. Apparently the kid was VERY sick for awhile like a really bad flu, but then, voila.
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    insanmonster Male 18-29
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    December 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm
    I don`t mean to be an ass or anything but AIDS is the syndrome caused by the HIV virus. And the HIV virus in this instance was deactivated so the patients do not have the virus.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    December 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    They can genetically alter HIV to kill cancer, but not to, oh I don`t know.... stop killing it`s host?

    I sometimes wonder if they`re really trying. There`s so much money to be made if you get them on lifetime meds.

    Oh, and YEAH for the kid!
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    December 19, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    They aren`t actually using HIV to kill cancer, but anti-retro virals that work like it. It`s very complex new hi-tech biology. I`ve heard they are working with something similar to this involving Bee Venom, as well.

    Short answer, no she`s not going to died of AIDS now.
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    chalket Male 50-59
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    December 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm
    It might have something to do with having HIV cells in the lab to genetically alter and experiment with. The ones already infecting someone are kinda "in the wild" and a teensy bit harder to feck with, genetically speaking. (Or it could be that lifetime meds bit, I wouldn`t put it past them.)
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    Fancysucksss Male 18-29
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    December 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm
    Well I`ll be damned..What if somebody has aids and cancer? I`m pretty sure getting double aids wouldn`t be somebodies ideal way to live.
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    danagamer Male 30-39
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    December 19, 2012 at 11:38 pm
    and now, on a very special I Am Bored....
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2012 at 3:09 am
    Wow, can you imagine getting that phonecall?
    "Sir, I`ve got some bad news. The test results came back positive."
    "Oh god..."
    "But wait! There`s more!"
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    mikelae18 Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2012 at 5:02 am
    Wait, she has cancer curing HIV? Does that mean she can transmit it sexually? When does she turn 18?
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2012 at 5:46 am
    Interesting therapy, definitely requires further study.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
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    December 20, 2012 at 5:48 am
    mikelae: No, She isn`t `infected` with HIV and therefore can`t transmit it.

    Fancysucksss: Ever heard of fighting fire with fire? Well this is sort of the same thing except they aren`t actually using HIV, just it`s biological cellular keys.
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    nettech98 Male 50-59
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    December 20, 2012 at 7:09 am
    How many of you just didn`t read the whole article?? It clearly says:

    "To perform the treatment, doctors remove millions of the patient’s T-cells — a type of white blood cell — and insert new genes that enable the T-cells to kill cancer cells. The technique employs a disabled form of H.I.V. because it is very good at carrying genetic material into T-cells. The new genes program the T-cells to attack B-cells, a normal part of the immune system that turn malignant in leukemia"
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    xelous Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2012 at 10:30 am
    interesting indeed
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    MacGuffin Female 30-39
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    December 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm
    You should read about Coley`s Toxins one time. There`s so much potential in so many avenues of cancer research that just seem to have been forgotten about when catch-all ubiquitous approaches like radiation came along. These days a lot of people think the `cure` is the same thing as the disease itself: they think losing your hair and feeling nautious are symptoms of the condition rather than of its conventional `cure`.
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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
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    December 20, 2012 at 5:40 pm
    I thought for sure I`d see a pedobear joke in the comments here. IAB, I am disappointed.
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    16comets09 Male 18-29
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    December 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm
    oh god...90% of IAB will not be educated enough to understand this...

    They took out Emma`s T cells. They then inserted new genetic material into these T cells using an altered HIV virus...altered in a way that the HIV directs the T cells to attack bad B cells as opposed to HIV that normally just kills your T cells (for the most part). These altered T cells were put back in Emma, which attack the bad (and good) B cells caused by her type of leukemia. There is no HIV present in her body whatsoever.
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    Mad_Gremlyn Male 30-39
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    December 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm
    Hey anti-GMO people, I trust you want nothing to do with this as it violates your hippie bullpoo.
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    RdDan Male 30-39
    759 posts
    December 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm
    HIV isn`t AIDS. If it was, it`d be called AIDS.

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