Curing sickle cell anemia with SCIENCE!

This is excellent news:

There may be a new potential sickle cell breakthrough for those who suffer with the disease.

According to the National Institutes of Health, a Mobile man is the first Alabamian to become sickle cell free through a new gene therapy clinical trial they conducted.

Via Facebook.

Apparently, what they’re doing here is using a modified version of HIV — as in, one that won’t kill you — to deploy repaired bone marrow stem cells. …Yes, that there is hardcore bleeding edge science fiction, folks. Only, you know, it’s actually happening. Sometimes the future’s pretty cool.

Moe Lane

PS: Amusingly, Bruce Sterling predicted that precisely this would happen in his short story “Our Neural Chernobyl.” At more or less this point in time, too. Which is actually… a bit worrying, because that was a throwaway line in a story about a biotech catastrophe.

1 Comment

  • BigFire says:

    The sickle cell is actually an adaptation against malaria. While it sucks for those with actual sickle cell sucks, the carrier of the trait is highly resistant to that parasyte.

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