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Medicine

Submission + - Gene Therapy Cures Fatal Bubble Boy Disease (singularityhub.com)

pdragon04 writes: "Gene therapy marked another successful milestone last week when it was used to completely cure eight of 10 children who had potentially fatal "bubble boy disease," according to a study that followed their progress for an average of four years after treatment. Formally known as severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, the genetic disease causes its carriers to develop non-functional immune systems, typically resulting in death from infection within the first year of life without advanced treatment."

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