Doctors use HIV as tool to send man's cancer into remission

November 11, 2014 2:49 PM

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Doctors use HIV as tool to send man's cancer into remission

A Utah man's leukemia is in remission after facing an unusual enemy: HIV. Marshall Jensen spent years trying to find a treatment for his acute lymphoblastic leukemia, to little avail.

Finally, he met with a team at the University of Pennsylvania, where recent work has achieved stunning results against the disease. The researchers used an unusual technique to address the leukemia, removing billions of T-cells from Jensen's body and treating their DNA with a harmless form of HIV.

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