This “discovery”, expectedly, would cause some more of the prudent scientists to be wary. There are, after all, very few known persons to be resistant to HIV infection (estimated to be 1% of the European population) and bone marrow transplants are risky procedures. To proceed with the bone marrow transplant, one has to kill all existing diseased bone marrow cells of the patient before introducing the transplant and this puts the patient at high risk because of a vulnerable immune system. However, if the claim is correct, it would be one of those celebrated moments in the history of medicine and science.
But how come there are people who’re resistant to the HIV like the Europeans?
Even if, at this stage, scientists have been quite pessimistic about the idea of finding a cure for AIDS and HIV, still there may be hope in finding a solution to the cure. Perhaps, if the claim is true, this will pave the way to more studies that can find ways to re-engineer patient’s cells, specifically the bone marrow, to change it in such a way as what a transplant does, without having the patient undergo the risky procedure. But as scientists have predicted, this discovery, if ever there’ll be one, will be decades away.