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Promising Gene Therapy For Sickle Cell Ready for Clinical Trial

A new engineered gene therapy virus, inserted into blood stem cells and then transplanted into mice with sickle cell disease, markedly reduced red blood cell damage according to the study “Lineage-specific BCL11A knockdown circumvents toxicities and reverses sickle phenotype,” published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. A clinical gene therapy trial…

In Benin, Children with Sickle Cell Disease and Their Siblings Show Iron Deficiency

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is rampant in sub-Saharan Africa, a region that accounts for about two-thirds of all SCD births worldwide, and among the disease’s complications can be an imbalance in elements such as iron, an essential trace element for good health. Researchers compared key proteins associated with iron metabolism between children with SCD and…

Broccoli Sprout Homogenate for Sickle Cell Disease Evaluated, Found to Be Safe, Well-Tolerated

Researchers believe that activating a specific oxidative stress regulator with sulforaphane (SFN), a chemical compound found in vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts, might have a therapeutic benefit in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD). They tested their hypothesis in a Phase 1 study that evaluated broccoli sprout homogenate (BSH), which naturally contains SFN,…