Teen pirates an entire human immune system
Demi-Lee Brennan: possibly the world’s most incredible bio-punk
Sometimes when a teenager copies something they weren’t supposed to, good things happen. 15 year old Australian Demi-Lee Brennan had a liver transplant after her own liver failed. Nine months later, her doctors were stunned to find that Brennan’s blood group had changed to the donor’s blood type. Not only that, her original immune system had almost totally been replaced by that of the donors, and donor stem cells had also replaced her bone marrow, meaning she no longer had to take anti-rejection drugs. While this didn’t break any patent of copyright laws, it does defy what doctors had previously thought possible, and maybe the beginning of an incredibly beneficial new form of copying.
“We consulted widely throughout the hospital and then looked at the medical literature and consulted colleagues around the world to see if anyone had seen this kind of thing before,” Dr Michael Stormon of Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney told ABC News. “No-one had, so we were stunned and amazed.” Doctors are now hoping to replicate the phenomenon, but acknowledge that this is “easier said than done.” Very cool nonetheless.