Teenager’s sickle cell reversed with world-first therapy

Bbc.co.uk – Mar 2017 – France |

A pioneering technique has been successful in reversing a French Teenager’s sickle cell disease.

The surgery works by altering the DNA in a person’s bone marrow. The alteration allows the body to create normal round cells, rather than sickle shaped cells, as per the disease’s name.

So far the treatment has worked for 15 months, and the French teenager has needed no further medical treatment or medication.

This is an interesting and innovative approach to tackling the disease, and highlights the power of gene therapy. Could this be the future of modern medicine, and is sickle cell disease going to be a thing of the past?

To read more about the treatment and article in full, please click the reference link above.

 

 

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