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Doctors eradicate girl's cancer by reprogramming HIV

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A reprogrammed version of the virus that causes AIDS was used by doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to wipe out a little girl's terminal leukemia.

According to The New York Times, 6-year-old Emma Whitehead didn't have much longer to live when the radical and untested therapy was pitched to her parents. But after two relapses, they'd exhausted all other options.

So, using modified HIV that disables transmission of the virus, doctors loaded in up with custom T-cells that reprogrammed her immune system to fight off her leukemia.

Though it worked, Whitehead wasn't out of the woods after the treatment, which caused her to become horribly ill, swollen and running a fever of 105 degrees, according to the Times.

After doctors administered an arthritis drug on a long-shot hope, she managed to recover. Her fever and inflammation fell ...
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OpedNews volunteer from 2005 to 2013.

Amanda Lang was a wonderful member of the Opednews team, and the first volunteer editor, for a good number of years being a senior editor. She passed away summer 2014.

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