This is probably the most incredible medical story of our time. Doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have spent the last few years experimenting with viral cures for childhood cancers and were able to engineer a strain of HIV that has killed cancer cells in multiple patients.
The researchers removed T-cells from each patient, cultured them, added the specially programmed HIV. They let the HIV inject and modify the cells, removed them and infused them into the patients. The results? The modified T-cells were very effective. In one case, the modified T-cells destroyed an estimated two POUNDS of tumor.
12 patients who participated in this small trial (10 adults and 2 children). Nine patients responded and all are still alive, some after almost three years. They show no evidence of any remaining leukemic cells and are generally doing well.
Take a look at this video that tells the amazing story of how it works: