sickle cell anaemia

sickle cell anemia

A new study has advanced the use of a technique known as 'CRISPR' to treat a common inherited form of anaemia, writes Merlin Crossley.

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An international research team has discovered an important new genetic target for the development of possible treatments for the common inherited blood diseases sickle cell anaemia and thalassaemia.

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Genetic mutations that affect our blood cells' haemoglobin are the most common of all mutations. Finding an effective treatment would eliminate the need for lifelong blood transfusions, writes Merlin Crossley.