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Author Topic: Interesting read  (Read 1225 times)

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Offline Delby

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Interesting read
« on: January 16, 2014, 05:45:36 AM »
http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/534368/20140115/hiv-cure-three-new-researches-dna-vaccine.htm#.Ute0CdLV_Yg

Obviously i am always very cautious when reading such articles, but there seems to be a lot of activity and research currently being undertaken. This is all very positive and i believe we will see new treatments being delivered in the next 10-15 yrs, that are more effective and tolerable. It may be even longer, but progress is being made and if we can all stay alive with the current run of drugs, then we have hope for our 'twilight' years.

Delby

Offline Battle4Hope

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Re: Interesting read
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2014, 08:33:43 AM »
hoping against hope!!!!xciting research and progress....sincere thanx to all the scientist to stop this disease!!!

Online mecch

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Re: Interesting read
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2014, 09:08:00 AM »
There is a lot of research going on for sure.  As there has been for two decades.

As a side note, that company IBT just bought Newsweek.  Let's hope they have better editors for a formerly important US weekly. Or, perhaps, the article you posted was quickly translated.  It's riddled with grammatical errors.

Anyway, these press releases by researchers are a dime a dozen. There are dozens of them a year, all worded more or less the same.  News aggregators pick them up and reprint them almost verbatim. Not sure what went wrong with this writer.

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Offline xinyuan

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Re: Interesting read
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014, 07:50:00 PM »
I'm going to be very frank. Most studies may be interesting but are clinically worthless. Except when they make it to human trials. And even those are fraught with failures. Most test tube, tissue, and animal studies are practically a dime a dozen.

In other words, it's really not worth paying attention to most studies for us patients. Unless they survive getting to human beings.

That being said, I'm greatly impressed with what has made it so far.

Offline Dr.Strangelove

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Re: Interesting read
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2014, 07:55:24 AM »
I wouldn't say worthless, but yes many studies are basic science that will not directly lead to any clinical trials. Unfortunately, news articles often suggest otherwise.

Offline Jmarksto

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Re: Interesting read
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2014, 10:06:24 AM »
I'm going to be very frank. Most studies may be interesting but are clinically worthless. Except when they make it to human trials. And even those are fraught with failures. Most test tube, tissue, and animal studies are practically a dime a dozen.

In other words, it's really not worth paying attention to most studies for us patients. Unless they survive getting to human beings.

That being said, I'm greatly impressed with what has made it so far.

I agree with all of this....the challenge is that funding tends to be directed towards labs that are working on "breakthrough" projects, and the scientific journals favour the sensationalist -- which tends to force the labs to oversell the clinical viability of their work.   

This article from the Economist does a very good job of outlining some of the problems we are having with the scientific process:

http://tinyurl.com/Economist-Science-Article
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