How did you hypothetically cure aids
it was a project for class--pick a disease, come up with a method of treating it. we got no lab, we got no research, we just got scientific papers to read, and imagination.
That was from a bone marrow transfer, which I don't understand isn't researched more, because a bone marrow transplant like, completely cured a couple of previously incurable diseases, and even changed folks' blood type. It's like, oh, this person was completely cured of AIDS!!!!!!!!!!! (and it was because of bone marrow transplant) How mysterious! It was a totally not duplicable miracle! Wow!
I'm thinking it's because of all the money to be made in treatment drugs or something. I mean they could just switch over to anti-rejection drugs because of blood type shifts and whatever. But idk, I feel like the medical industry is just like lol what is bone marrow transplant.
its definitely the medical companies...the research and will are all there, but the money isnt. youd think itd be the other way around, but its not. because the medical companies get a lot of cash from making expensive medicines that need to be taken daily, whereas a cure would only need to be administered two or three times. the way our group calculated it, if we administered the genetic modification by injection into the bloodstream, theyd only need an injection every three weeks, as thats the lifespan of most t-cells. even less if we modified the bone marrow, as all the t-cells it would produce would be basically immune. (i say basically, because theres another coreceptor, and although its not on as many t-cells, there are strains of HIV that can use both coreceptors)
on a side note, the bone marrow was intentionally picked from a donor that had a specific gene mutation that caused the main coreceptor for HIV to be nonfunctional/nonexistent. basically, HIV couldnt get into the new T-cells, and was killed off by the body. there had been research into this mutation (it provides resistance or almost full immunity to HIV, depending on if the person is a carrier, or if both copies of that gene are mutated), and the doctor said "hey, what the hell, lets try this". he needed a bone marrow transplant anyway, since he had leukemia. the doctor just picked something that could (and did) cure him of HIV.