Interview with the Berlin Patient


11 Responses to “Interview with the Berlin Patient”

  1. Kevin Pierce says:

    What would J.D. Shapely do?

  2. OldBrownSquirrel says:

    This is actually beyond a mere cure, as it also confers a measure of immunity against reinfection.

  3. Stjohn says:

    Awesome.   Something else for the organleggers to go after.

    • Robert Drop says:

      I couldn’t help but think (not seriously) that those with a natural immunity are going to see their bone marrow sucked dry.  Seriously though, giving bone marrow isn’t all that pleasant but you’d surely feel an ethical obligation to donate as much as you could if you were one of the people who was resistant.

      • Stjohn says:

        I’d certainly donate if I was resistant.  Without question.  I lost a couple of friends to AIDS back in the early 90′s, and if there was a way I could prevent someone from going through what they did, I’d be all over it.

      • penguinchris says:

        I’d hope that ultimately donations of stem cells from naturally immune people could be made and then the actual marrow would be produced in a lab, in an essentially unlimited supply.

  4. Question 1:  Sprechen Sie Englisch?

  5. Palomino says:

    This one (known) person with the special resistance reminds me of Henrietta Lacks; She was one person who saved (and continues to save) millions of people. 

  6. Here’s the link to a video  interview by the AIDS Policy Project with Tim Henrich, the researcher, that may shed some light on the two new patients who may or may not be cured (it’s blurry for about 10 seconds but gets back into focus):

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