A 39-year-old member asked:
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how does gene therapy be used to cure someone with sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Peter Francis
28 years experience Retinal Surgery
Replace gene: Gene therapy could be used to transfer a new replacement normal gene to cells producing red blood cells. That is how gene therapy would work however there are no approved gene therapy treatments for sickle cell anemia.
Answered on Sep 3, 2013
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Dr. Craig MacArthur
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It should not: Be a problem.
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None: That I am aware of.
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