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How does gene therapy be used to cure someone with sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Peter Francis
Retinal Surgery 29 years experience
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.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

Help plz! Can sickle cell anemia be cured with gene therapy?

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Dr. Aniket Saha
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 14 years experience
Not as far I know: This may be the future. But as of right now, I am not aware of gene therapy for sickle cell disease. The only cure for it at the moment is bone marrow transplant.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Help please! is gene therapy a permanent cure for sickle cell anemia?

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Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 34 years experience
In theory yes: As sickle cell anemia is a genetic disease, correction of the gene defect by stem cell transplantation or gene therapy would theoretically correct the genetic defect. Gene therapy is experimental at this time. Stem cell transplantation is more common, but is limited by the availability of suitable tissue matched donors. In either case, correction of the genetic defect will not fix prior strokes.

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