The “Berlin patient” is a medical case frequently discussed in which a patient received a bone marrow transplant as a treatment for a blood cancer. The unique part of the Berlin patient is that he was also cured of an HIV infection. Over the years there have been a number of tests to determine what about the bone marrow transplant addressed a systemic immunity failure such as AIDS.
Summarize the Berlin patient information, focused on the connection between the skeletal and immune systems. Specifically note factors that likely contributed to curing the Berlin patient’s HIV infection. Finally, discuss why this type of treatment approach is unlikely to become a widespread solution to ongoing HIV infections and AIDS epidemic.