Scientists Gene-Edited HIV to Cure “Bubble Boy” Disease

Normal Lives

Researchers from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital have reportedly used HIV to cure infants born with “bubble boy” disease — a remarkable example of hijacking a deadly virus for a new treatment.

“The children are cured,” researcher Ewelina Mamcarz told NBC News. “They came to us as little infants, some of them as young as 2 months, with severe infections. Now they are home, living normal lives, attending daycare.”

Danger Everywhere

X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID-X1) is a rare genetic disorder caused by a mutation in the interleukin-2 receptor subunit gamma (IL2RG) gene.

People born with SCID-X1 lack Lees verder

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