curing cancer with AIDS

Researchers at UCLA have tweaked HIV to create a gene therapy that attacks cancer tumors in mice.

The UCLA AIDS Institute scientists genetically altered HIV and folded it into an envelope made of another virus called sindbis, which typically infects insects and birds. That turned the altered HIV into a missile that hunted down metastasized melanoma cells in the lungs of living mice.

"People might wonder if it's scary to use HIV as a therapy," said Irving Chen, who led the UCLA team. "But in actuality we have completely removed 80 percent of the virus. So really it's just a carrier."

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7 Responses:

  1. 33mhz says:

    Using AIDS to cure things is old news. Fred Phelps has been saying for years that AIDS cures fags.

  2. ammonoid says:

    I first heard about using HIV to do gene therapy way back when gene therapy was the next big thing in biotech. I did a double take, but apparently because its a retrovirus and incorporates its own DNA into the host cell it makes a perfect gene therapy vector. However, these guys are not doing what most people call gene therapy - they're using the virus as a poison pill to attack cancer.

  3. gucky says:

    A solution that was destined to be from a Predator vs. Alien, "Who's stronger Superman or Batman?" generation.

  4. mark242 says:

    Fine, fine, but what about curing the flu with lyme disease?

    And, jwz, I am genuinely concerned at your Now Playing listing of Stabbing Westward.

  5. loosechanj says:

    Curing cancer is cool and all, but I want my flying car already.

  6. korgmeister says:

    Heheh, now this is highly cool, with a dash of irony thrown in :D