Just to be clear, the drug didn’t cure President Carter, the drug simply allowed his own immune system to kill the cancer, which is what it was designed to do.
Interestingly, Naive T-Cells can be further subdivided into “good cops” and “bad cops” as in Lethal Weapon. The good ones, present in younger, healthier individuals, are naive and ready to go, like Bat-guano crazy Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs character. The bad ones are like Danny Glover’s character, Roger Murtaugh, hiking up their pants and counting the days to retirement while muttering “I’m too old for this $h!t”
So we suspected that chronic CMV infection ages us but we only conprehended that the immune system burns out fighting it. Until this paper, we didn’t realize that it also steals the healthy gene transciption factors that the host cell needs to stabilize its telomers. It’s a double whammy.
Although his political convictions were divisive for many, he will be revered and remembered as a voice with a purpose. His was a life that forged an lasting impact on all of us. His beliefs, just as much as J. Edgar Hoover’s, provided the polarity required to power us forward as a species.