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    Default Sickle Cell Disease: A Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help

    Rob Stein
    October 10, 2019

    Victoria Gray slides open a closet door, pulls out a suitcase and starts packing piles of clothes.
    "My goodness," says Gray. "Did I really bring all this?"
    Gray, who has sickle cell disease, is the first patient with a genetic disorder whom doctors in the United States have tried to treat using the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR.
    Today, Gray is getting ready to finally go home to Forest, Miss., after months away from her four children so she could undergo the experimental treatment, which involves infusions of genetically modified bone marrow cells.

    keep reading: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-...9681&orgid=497
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    Default Re: Sickle Cell Disease: A Patient Hopes Gene-Editing Can Help

    This is one genetic disorder I hope CRISPR can fix. Millions of people--mostly descendants of people from Sub-Saharan Africa, South & Central America, Northern Mediterranean, Saudi Arabia, and India--are affected by sickle cell anemia and sickle cell "trait." Those living with sickle cell anemia live in constant, debilitating pain. Although I continue to have concerns about gene-altering medical procedures, I don't believe CRISPR can make life much worse for these "anemia" patients than it already is.

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    Then let us hope that this experimental procedure is a success.
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