Fascinating! But where did you get that the idea that "genetic mutation that makes [about 1% of Europeans'] cells resistant to HIV infection" is HLA-B27?
And while this is very cool, the article did go on to say:
"Is this a viable cure for HIV? Not by a long shot. Even Huetter says bone-marrow transplants, which kill about a third of patients, are so dangerous that "they can't be justified ethically" in anything other than desperate situations like late-stage leukemia."
Far from a cure, unfortunately, and not accessible to the people in developing nations who most desperately need effective means to stop the destruction HIV/AIDS is causing :*(
That said - it is free, easy, and virtually painless to register as a marrow (and organ/tissue!!) donor - I encourage everyone to do it today if you haven't already! And then - tell your loved ones so they will carry out your wishes.
Editing, I looked around to see how this guy is doing now (the article you linked to was from 2008) - apparently he is well with no sign of HIV or cancer! http://www.wwlp.com/dpp/health/healthy_living/why-hiv-advance-is-not-a-universal-cure
Editing again, the doctor has just published a VERY long paper in a well respected journal (blood
) on this case... it has no references to HLA-B27. Here is a link to the article for those who can slog through 30 pages of intensely technical jargon:http://bloodjournal.hematologylibrary.org/cgi/reprint/blood-2010-09-309591v1