Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Blood transfusions for SCD care focus of Red Cross blood drive

The American Red Cross and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois (SCDAI) recently joined a national distributor of propane, natural gas, and other energy-related products to host a blood donation event to raise awareness about sickle cell disease and encourage blood donations to support transfusions for sickle cell…

New test in England aims to make blood transfusions safer

England’s National Health Service (NHS) is introducing a new genetic test that seeks to make it safer for people with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders to receive transfusions. “Thousands of people living with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia will be eligible for this new world-first blood…

Most patients are free from VOEs after gene therapy treatment

Most sickle cell disease (SCD) patients treated with the gene therapy Lyfgenia (lovotibeglogene autotemcel) in clinical trials were free from vaso-occlusive events (VOEs) after a median of three years of follow-up. That’s according to new data from Lyfgenia’s developer, Bluebird Bio, at the 65th American Society of Hematology…

Gene-editing therapy Casgevy approved in 2nd country: Bahrain

Health regulators in the Kingdom of Bahrain have approved the gene-editing therapy Casgevy (exagamglogene autotemcel) to treat people with sickle cell disease (SCD) and transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia (TDT). This decision makes Bahrain, a small island nation in the Persian Gulf, the second country to approve Casgevy. The therapy was…