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Experimental stem cell gene therapy may give a new lease of life for patient with sickle cell disease – News-Medical.Net

“But it’s a marathon whereas you keep going, the trail gets rockier and then you lose your shoes,” the 27-year-old said. “It gets harder as you get older. Things…

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For Evie Junior, living with sickle cell disease has been like running a marathon.
“But it’s a marathon whereas you keep going, the trail gets rockier and then you lose your shoes,” the 27-year-old said. “It gets harder as you get older. Things start to fail and all you can think about is how much worse it’s going to get down the road.”
In sickle cell disease, a genetic mutation causes the blood-forming stem cells — which give rise to all blood and immune cells — to produce hard, sickle-shaped…

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