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Scientists inspired, not deterred, by HIV relapse of bone marrow transplant patients

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  1. If scientists are inspired and not deterred by the relapses of these two patients, then surely there’s good and specific reason for it, beyond simply accepting that HIV is even more difficult to “corner” than previously thought. It would be good to have some commentary on this from research specialists involved in the search for a cure, so as to learn more about why the relapses have inspired them.

    1. Scientific advance and understanding is almost always advanced by “exceptions to the rule”, and here we have two exceptions: the original, unexpected, apparent cure from transplant, and the subsequent failure of that.

      Results that follow the rule basically tell you nothing other than “it’s happened again”, exceptions tell you there’s more to learn, and with luck and a bit of insight point out the road to follow.

    2. Almost all scientific advances arise from results that don’t “follow the rule” as currently understood. Here we have two of that ilk: first the unexpected but apparent cure. Second, the subsequent failure of that cure indicates we don’t have the complete story we want and need.

      Results that follow the rule essentially tell you nothing other than it’s happened again. Nothing useful can be deduced from that, no further knowledge is gained, suggesting even there is none to be had, even when we know that’s not true.

      OTOH, results that don’t follow the rule tell you immmeduately and forcefully there’s more to learn. and with luck and insight may also point out the road to follow to greater understanding and knowledge.

  2. Almost all scientific advances arise from results that don’t “follow the rule” as currently understood. Here we have two of that ilk: first the unexpected but apparent cure. Second, in the subsequent failure of cure, indicating we don’t have the complete story we want and need.

    Results that follow the rule essentially tell you nothing other than it’s happened again. Nothing useful can be deduced from that, no further knowledge is gained, suggesting even there is none to be had, even when we know that’s not true.

    OTOH, results that don’t follow the rule tell you immediately and forcefully there’s more to learn. and with luck and insight may also point out the road to follow to greater understanding and knowledge.

  3. Dan Poynter 6 Jan, 1:44pm

    More Information: New Book on Stem Cell Transplants.

    TRANSPLANT HANDBOOK FOR PATIENTS: Replacing #Stem Cells in Your Bone #Marrow.
    By a 75-year old author, in Day +160 since his transplant, who is setting records for recovery.
    This book helps the #cancer patient, caregiver, and family to understand the #stem cell #transplant journey.
    http://TransplantHandbook.com

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