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Sickle cell disease may be curable with a new experimental gene replacement treatment; will your genetic disease be next?

Sickle cell disease may be curable with a new experimental gene replacement treatment; will your  genetic disease be next? The NY Times recently reported that a possible cure for sickle cell disease is currently undergoing drug trials.  The disease is genetic, meaning it is an error in the DNA code that causes red blood shells to assume a sickle shape, and the patient may experience blood clots, strokes and painful episodes due to the genetic variant. It is most common in African based populations. To date, the only cure was a risky and expensive bone marrow transplant, however, a new Read More »