Steve Bryson, PhD, science writer —

Steve holds a PhD in biochemistry from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. As a medical scientist for 18 years, he worked in both academia and industry, where his research focused on the discovery of new vaccines and medicines to treat inflammatory disorders and infectious diseases. Steve is a published author in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals and a patented inventor.

Articles by Steve Bryson

Researchers Detect DNA Modifications Created by Gene Editing

Researchers have developed a method to detect and measure large unintended DNA modifications created by CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing methods currently being investigated as treatments for sickle cell disease (SCD). High levels of unintended gene modifications that occurred at selected target sites demonstrate the need for a more careful evaluation of…

Contraception Counseling for SCD Women Found to Vary by Provider

Contraception practices and counseling for adolescent and young adult women with sickle cell disease (SCD) vary by the healthcare provider, especially among clinicians with more or less experience, a survey reported. Established clinicians were found to be more likely to provide contraceptive counseling than those still in training, by…

Oxbryta Granted Marketing Approval in Great Britain

Oxbryta (voxelotor) has been granted marketing approval in Great Britain to treat hemolytic anemia in people ages 12 and older with sickle cell disease (SCD). Eligible patients may take the once-daily oral therapy alone or in combination with hydroxyurea, a standard SCD therapy. The approval was granted…

UConn Team Awarded Nearly $3M to Study Bone Loss in Sickle Cell

To mark World Sickle Cell Day, Marja Hurley, a University of Connecticut (UConn) physician-researcher, has been awarded nearly $3 million in research funding to investigate bone loss in people with sickle cell disease (SCD). A four-year $2.21 million endowment comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Hurley…

Exa-cel Continues to Prevent VOCs in Sickle Cell Patients: New Trial Data

Exagamglogene autotemcel (exa-cel), an experimental gene-editing cell therapy, increased fetal hemoglobin levels and prevented vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs) in 31 people with severe sickle cell disease (SCD), according to new data from the CLIMB-SCD-121 trial. Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics, which are jointly developing the therapy, recently launched…