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CRISPR Eliminated Symptoms of Genetic Disease in 2 Patients

Victoria Gray was used to the attacks of excruciating pain. They came regularly, more than a half-dozen times per year, and were a side effect of her sickle cell disease. But since receiving a revolutionary new gene-editing treatment in July that uses CRISPR, Gray has yet to have one of these painful episodes.

On Tuesday, CRISPR Therapeutics and Vertex Pharmaceuticals, the companies that are developing the experimental therapy, announced that Gray, as well as another patient suffering from a related genetic disorder called beta thalassemia, now appear to be free of disease symptoms after receiving the treatment.

The news comes on the heels of  of CRISPR being used to treat three patients with advanced cancers. CRISPR has spurred hope that it could be a one-shot treatment — or possibly even a cure — for a wide range of diseases. And now scientists are putting that notion to the test in the  of the gene-editing technique.




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