How HIV Became a Cancer Cure

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The immunologist behind the revolutionary new treatment set to win approval from the FDA

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When Ben Franklin proposed in 1749 what eventually became the University of Pennsylvania, he called for an academy to teach “those Things that are likely to be most useful.”

Today the university lays claim to having incubated the world’s biggest cancer breakthrough. In 2011, a team of researchers led by immunologist Carl June, a Penn professor, reported stunning results after genetically altering the T-cells of three patients with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a…

Zin 4dThe patients had failed to respond to many different traditional therapies.

Yet two of the three patients experienced miraculous recoveries after Dr. June and…

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