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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
Das, was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker.
The news that researchers at UCLA have modified HIV to attack cancer cells both thrills and frightens me. But it's certainly of extreme interest:
The UCLA AIDS Institute scientists genetically altered HIV and folded it into an envelope made of another virus called sindbis, which typically infects insects and birds. That turned the altered HIV into a missile that hunted down metastasized melanoma cells in the lungs of living mice.

"People might wonder if it's scary to use HIV as a therapy," said Irving Chen, who led the UCLA team. "But in actuality we have completely removed 80 percent of the virus. So really it's just a carrier."
It's worth reminding ourselves that medicine walks the narrow passage between harm and healing a lot more often than we like to think. The best weapons are, after all, weapons.

Mode: thinking about Beyond the Pleasure Principle
Muse: Stars and Sons - Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People

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somemonad From: somemonad Date: February 15th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I was going to post about this, but I didn't know quite how to present it. Your title says it, though. This is an extreme form of induced hormesis.
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