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Session 80

After a bone marrow stem cell transplant, a British man has been cleared of HIV. Dan and Catherine teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

British man is 'cured' of HIV

Doctors say a man in Britain is now clear of HIV after stem cell treatment.

Language challenge

What do we call someone who gives blood to help the sick and injured?

a) donor
b) doner
c) vampire

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The story

A man in Britain has become the second person to be cleared of HIV after receiving a stem cell transplant. Doctors said he received bone marrow stem cells almost three years ago from a donor with a rare genetic mutation that resists HIV infection.

Key words and phrases

situation of widespread disease

• The ease and frequency of air travel can quickly turn a local disease into an epidemic.
• The head of police has reported that the city is suffering from a crime epidemic.

permanent genetic change

• The majority of cancers result from a mutation of the body's cells.
• The book went through three mutations after I received feedback from my editor.

encourages or causes

• The large drop in the company's share price was spurred by a profit warning.
• The fear of failing his exams spurred Dan into action and he started studying harder!

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

3 Questions

Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge answer

a) donor


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