We can all agree that cancer and HIV are horrible diseases, but what about using one to fight the other? This video from GE highlights what happened when doctors used HIV to try to cure cancer.
Doctors in one clinical trial have found something remarkable. They took patients’ T-cells and infected them with an engineered strain of HIV that is no longer harmful to patients, but instead changes the T-cells genetically to fight leukemia cells. They are calling these modified cells “serial killer” cells, because they are able to kill over a thousand cancerous cells each. This is still a very experimental treatment and does not work 100% of the time, but it is a huge step forward in the fight against cancer.