HIV/Aids

17 October 2006

Top Aids activist dies

Prominent American Aids activist Jeff Getty - who in 1995 received the first bone-marrow transplant from another species (a baboon) – has died of heart failure.

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Prominent American Aids activist Jeff Getty - who in 1995 received the first bone-marrow transplant from another species (a baboon) - died of heart failure in California on October 9. He was 49 years old.

The 1995 procedure at San Francisco General Hospital was done in the hope that the baboon's natural Aids resistance would take hold in Getty. The baboon's bone marrow cells quickly vanished from Getty's system and the attempt proved unsuccessful, the Associated Press reported.

The experimental transplant, which was done before the advent of the antiviral drug combination therapy that keeps many HIV/Aids patients alive today, ignited intense debate over the medical and moral implications of cross-species transplants. – (HealthDayNews)

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