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    Default Gene-Edited 'Supercells' Make Progress In Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease

    Rob Stein
    November 19, 2019

    Doctors are reporting the first evidence that genetically edited cells could offer a safe way to treat sickle cell disease, a devastating, incurable disorder that afflicts millions of people around the world.
    Billions of cells that were genetically modified with the powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR have started working, as doctors had hoped, inside the body of the first sickle cell patient to receive the experimental treatment, according to highly anticipated data released Tuesday.
    The edited cells are producing a crucial protein at levels that have already exceeded what doctors thought would be needed to alleviate the excruciating, life-threatening complications of the genetic blood disorder, the early data show. Moreover, the cells appear to have already started to spare the patient from the agonizing attacks of pain that are the hallmark of the disorder.

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    Default Re: Gene-Edited 'Supercells' Make Progress In Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease

    This is what genetic engineering should be about - treating conditions that so far have no cure. I have no objections to that.

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    Default Re: Gene-Edited 'Supercells' Make Progress In Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease

    What Julieanne said!!!

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