There’s been a very exciting development in the biotech field that’s had the entire medical world abuzz for weeks now.
It involves a mutated gene … that may be centuries old … and that many believe is the first signs of a promising vaccine against HIV/Aids … and maybe even an actual cure.
I’m gonna have to tell you this exciting story over a few weeks, starting with the cure … of an HIV-positive man in Germany 12 years ago.
Timothy Ray Brown is known as the Berlin Patient, but sceptics were always concerned that his cure may have been a fluke, caused by a combination of desperate treatments with a cocktail of drugs and unknown factors.
That’s until now, after a similar method was used to destroy the HI Virus in a second man.
Remaining anonymous for now and known only as the London Patient, this man has been free of HIV for more than 18 months.
It’s far too complicated to explain in one go, but what you should be reading up on is a unique genetic mutation named CCR5-delta32.
It’s believed the CCR5 gene is the reason why some Europeans survived the plagues of the Middle Ages and why some of today’s vulnerable women don’t contract Aids, even with direct exposure.
So you can understand the excitement – the prospect of finally having a weapon against a killer disease that has claimed the lives of millions and costs governments billions in treatments.
The Berlin Patient is just as excited as everybody else about this.
It’s still going to be a very long haul doing the hard science… to understand the mutation and to make it affordable and accessible, but at least there’s some tangible hope now.
Next week I’ll bring you more details about the gene mutation and how it is able to destroy and inhibit HIV/Aids.