An international team of physicians and researchers from Germany, the Netherlands, France, Spain, and the United States has identified a third case in which HIV infection has been cured by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The successful healing process of the patient, known as the “Düsseldorf patient,” was for the first time characterised in great detail virologically and immunologically over a time span of ten years in a study published in Nature Medicine. Stem cell transplantation has cured two people living with HIV in the past, making it the only medical intervention that has cured severe blood cancers. The study shows that HIV can be cured, providing important insights for further research into a cure for HIV for the vast majority of people living with HIV.
In a groundbreaking development, researchers at the University of Alabama have successfully transplanted genetically modified pig kidneys into a brain-dead human patient, marking a significant advancement in xenotransplantation. Unlike previous attempts, the pig kidneys rapidly produced urine and cleared the patient’s body of creatinine, vital indicators of kidney function. This achievement was attributed to genetic […]
Researchers in San José State University, San Jose, CA, USA, reveal that extreme wildfires have become 25% more frequent due to climate change. Their study links human-induced global warming to the increased occurrence of devastating wildfires. Rising temperatures and drier landscapes have created ideal conditions for these disasters, posing significant threats to ecosystems and communities. This […]
In a ground-breaking development for the environment, scientists have successfully created commonly used painkillers, acetaminophen and ibuprofen, using a compound derived from pine trees. This compound, β-pinene, is a by-product of the paper industry, offering a sustainable alternative to oil-based chemicals currently used in medication. The researchers at the University of Bath employed continuous flow […]