Doctors are giving AIDS to CANCER. AIDS. TO CANCER. Science is effing incredible.
DUDE GUYS EVERYBODY WATCH THIS THIS IS AWESOME
This is amazing!
OK but…no one is giving AIDS to anyone / anything. The HIV virus, in this case, has been engineered to be a vector for a specific piece of DNA that allowed the t-cells to recognize cancer cells as dangerous invaders, which they previously were not doing.
Viruses function by invading cells and replacing some of the DNA, often making cells into virus factories. But if, instead, we use the virus to change the code of the host cell just a bit, that’s genetic engineering and it’s pretty much how it’s always been done.
So, while cool, it’s not actually the coolest part of the story…the amazing thing is that they were able to find the right genes to insert / activate that would allow this girl’s t-cells to become cancer fighters.
The upworthy article said they injected her with HIV, which is just (as far as I can tell) a blatant and intentional misunderstanding of the truth here.
Nonetheless…still today’s cry.