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

$10.5M NIH Grant to Fund Sickle Cell Research in Delaware

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $10.5-million grant to support several research projects seeking to improve care for people with sickle cell disease (SCD). Research will focus on children and young adults, and on combating racism and other barriers to proper healthcare. SCD disproportionately affects Black…

Endari Now More Accessible to Texas Medicaid Patients

Endari (L-glutamine), an approved oral treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD), has now been added to the Preferred Drug List in Texas. The move will make Endari more accessible to people in the state who are insured through Medicaid, the government program that provides health insurance to low-income…

Emmaus Seeks Approval of Oral Medication Endari in Kuwait

Emmaus Life Sciences has submitted an application seeking the approval of its oral medication Endari (L-glutamine) to treat sickle cell disease (SCD) in Kuwait. The company announced that the Kuwait Drug and Food Control administration, which is responsible for registering pharmaceutical products in the country, has accepted…

Study to Evaluate Using JSP191 With ARU-1801 as Gene Therapy

A new research collaboration between Jasper Therapeutics and Aruvant Sciences will evaluate the use of JSP191, Jasper’s anti-CD117 monoclonal antibody, as a conditioning agent for ARU-1801, Aruvant’s experimental gene therapy for sickle cell disease (SCD). “The unique attributes of ARU-1801 enable us to bring a potentially curative one-time therapy…

Bluebird to Resume LentiGlobin Trials After FDA Lifts Hold

Bluebird Bio is set to resume trials of LentiGlobin, its investigational gene therapy for sickle cell disease, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lifted its clinical hold. The company is now working closely with study investigators and clinical trial sites to resume normal activities as soon…

Abnormal Flow of Sickled Cells Damages Blood Vessel Walls

Red blood cells in people with sickle cell disease (SCD) flow through blood vessels in a manner that damages the walls, which may explain blood vessel problems and increased inflammation in SCD, new research indicates. The study, “Flow-induced segregation and dynamics of red blood cells in sickle cell…