Medical research

The 'supercells' that cured an infant's grave genetic illness

When a person's immune system is impaired by a genetic disease, a bone-marrow transplant can be a powerful therapeutic tool, but with a major downside: during the first few months the recipient's defenses against viruses ...

Medical research

Making blood on demand: How far have we come?

The reconstitution of the blood system in humans holds great therapeutic potential to treat many disorders, like blood cancers, sickle-cell anemia and others. Successful reconstitution requires the transplantation and engraftment ...

Genetics

CRISPR provides hope of sickle cell cure

Thanks to the 'cut and paste' gene editing technique CRISPR, scientists are homing in on a cure for sickle cell disease—a genetic blood disorder—while other research is looking at how to expand the potential of CRISPR-based ...

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