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I whole heartedly agree that it is a step in the right direction and good for science and great for our understanding of the body but I just really really don't see any potential for a new aids or cancer treatment here. Yes scientists have a fancy new tool but and a potential game changer in that but, then again stuff like this happens all the time and its nothing to get excited about really (not that you were John, I just thought Eugenester's pic was a tad comical...)
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Thing is, isn't aids, or HIV, something that actually modifies DNA? I don't know if this will actually lead to any cure. Very nice break through though.
No.

AIDS is only weakening the immune system by mass producing other AIDS agent within a healthy cell so can die by a simple influenza.

Like the movie Alien.

it doesn't not modify DNA
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Thing is, isn't aids, or HIV, something that actually modifies DNA? I don't know if this will actually lead to any cure. Very nice break through though.
Yep aids is is a retrovirus (It mods your DNA). Another thing is that it attacks the killer T cells the study was investigeting, so that switch is not very revelant here.
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No.

AIDS is only weakening the immune system by mass producing other AIDS agent within a healthy cell so can die by a simple influenza.

Like the movie Alien.

it doesn't not modify DNA
HIV* is a retrovirus. By nature it adds itself to DNA in order to work.
Edited by Weedvender - 6/5/11 at 7:50pm
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AIDS is a retrovirus. By nature it adds itself to DNA in order to work.
Ya.

I got pwnt.

AIDS does use the reverse transcriptase to insert its DNA into healthy chromosomes.
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Thing is, isn't aids, or HIV, something that actually modifies DNA? I don't know if this will actually lead to any cure. Very nice break through though.
No. The virus simply kills parts of the immune system.
 
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Ya.

I got pwnt.

AIDS does use the reverse transcriptase to insert its DNA into healthy chromosomes.
Not pwnt.
post #18 of 20
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Read my post before getting all uppity. The fact that they are both linked to this "immune switch" means that this research may lead to a cure for both AIDs and cancer, along with a host of other diseases. It is a big step forward in understanding the way things work. I was excited about the fact that they have done research which relates to two very big and currently incurable diseases.

I did not think they have cured anything

I am not an idiot

I can read.
Pretty sure T-cells have minimal effect on true cancer cells, but more effect on potentially cancerous viruses. Cancer is more about oncogenes and Tumor-suppressing genes.
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I'm not so sure its a breakthrough in disease cure as much as it is in celluar imaging. I ve read about microscopes like this being built before but this may be the first one put into action.
What I think is really interesting is you avatar....
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Pretty sure T-cells have minimal effect on true cancer cells, but more effect on potentially cancerous viruses. Cancer is more about oncogenes and Tumor-suppressing genes.

This ^^
    
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