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Karl Fischer kfischer at gpu.srv.ualberta.ca
Thu Mar 16 19:10:37 EST 1995


In article <3kb2dk$spt at ixnews4.ix.netcom.com>, tichysr at ix.netcom.com
(steve tichy) wrote:

> I would like to know why a dialysis machine couldn't be converted to 
> help combat AIDS by drawing blood from the arm and pooling it with 
> dilute bleach (or a similar substance) and then filter the blood by 
> osmosis (the semipermeable membrane pores large enough to allow the 
> blood cells to seep through but not the bleach or similar substance) and 
> from there onto the normal dialysis treatment.

The concentration of bleach required for virucidal activity (ie. virus
killing) would be lethal to the cells...even if it was not cytotoxic you
would only temporarily decreasing virus load in the plasma; the cells
which harbour the integrated virus would readily produce virus which would
reload the plasma.

Karl

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Karl Fischer
kfischer at gpu.srv.ualberta.ca
tyr-2 at bones.biochem.ualberta.ca



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