First posted 10/02/11 on The Doctor Weighs In
Yes, you read it right: the dreaded AIDS virus provided a breakthrough in the search for cancer treatment. In a brilliant Jiu Jitsu maneuver University of Pennsylvania scientists (Dr. Carl June and his group) turned the strength of the virus into an advantage to the patient.
Here is the background to their feat.
There are 2 types of lymphocytes (white blood cells): T cells and B cells. T cells are the “generals,” directing the attacks on non-self interlopers, like bacteria, viruses and virus-infected cells, and importantly –cancer cells.