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A Surprising Fix for Sickle Cell

Narrated by: Jef Holbrook
Length: 11 mins

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For decades physicians have known that a few children have unusual genetic mutations that counteract the effects of the sickle-cell flaw. Researchers would like to re-create their uncommon physiology in everyone with sickle-cell anemia. Though not technically a cure, the compensatory treatment would spare many of the 300,000 infants around the world who are born every year with sickle cell and who often do not live beyond childhood. It would also make life a lot easier for the more than 70,000 individuals living with the disease in the US, who, despite treatment that mitigates some of the most serious effects of the condition, often die in their 40s.

"A Surprising Fix for Sickle Cell" is from the May 2016 issue of Scientific American.

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