AIDS Breakthrough

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A team of doctors in Berlin say they've cured a man of HIV/AIDS with a stem cell transplant. While AIDS researchers say the exact procedure is unlikely to result in many cures, some are celebrating the findings as a huge leap in research that could lead to a cure.

The patient, who had both HIV/AIDS and leukemia, was cured of both when he received stem cells from a donor with a rare HIV-resistant mutation.  We talk to the San Francisco doctor who was one of the first to find the AIDS virus, and a California researcher studying stem cells and AIDS.


Jay Levy, professor of medicine at UCSF and director of the laboratory for tumor and AIDS virus research

John Zaia, Aaron D. and Edith Miller chair in gene therapy at City of Hope who heads research on stem cells and AIDS funded by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine