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Sickle cell: don't just reverse the DNA, change the approach

French teenager's sickle cell has been reversed by treatment that changed his DNA, but many sufferers are still getting let down by medical experts
A 15-year-old boy is the first to be cured through sickle cell gene therapy, according to a BBC report. Blood is produced in the bone marrow. The procedure involves removing the bone marrow of the patient and then genetically altering it in a laboratory to atone for the defect in the DNA that is the cause of the disease. The report says: "A virus was used to infect the bone marrow with new, correct instructions." The patient has now been free from sickle cell disease (SCD) for 15 months. SCD is a hereditary blood disease. Medical professionals often do not have much knowledge about the extent to which a sickle cell crisis can affect a patient. According to the Sickle Cell Society, there are approximately 15,000 people in the UK affected by SCD. 10,000 are directly living in London and yet there are only four sickle cell specialist centres in all of London. Teach them young During a crisis, sufferers are often at a crossroads; despite being in serious pain, the lack of knowledge on the...
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