Sickle cell disease is now curable, but treatment is unaffordable

Sickle cell red blood cells

Normal red blood cells are round, but those affected by sickle cell disease are crescent-shaped

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Millions of people could now be cured of sickle cell disease, a serious inherited blood disease, thanks to CRISPR gene editing – but the cost of the treatment is so high that few people are likely to receive it in the foreseeable future.

“We were able to cure sickle cell disease using gene editing,” Julie Makani at Muhimbili Health University in Tanzania said at the International Human Genome Editing Summit in London on 6 …

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