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gene therapy for sickle cell anemia

scientists stunned the world when they announced they had decoded the genes that make up a human being. They hoped to use that genetic blueprint to advance something called gene therapy which locates and fixes the genes responsible for different diseases. Clinical trials are being done in an attempt to cure sickle cell anemia – a devastating genetic disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year.  Pain from sickle cell can occur anywhere blood circulates. That’s because red blood cells, normally donut-shaped, bend into an inflexible sickle shape, causing them to pile up inside blood vessels. Do you think that gene therapy will help cure sickle cell anemia ?

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