New gene therapy helps people suffering from rare blood disorder

June 15, 2014 5:25 AM

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A new treatment developed by Bluebird Bio could significantly improve the health and quality of life for people who suffer from beta-thalassemia, a rare genetic blood disorder.

The genetic disorder is caused by faulty links in the beta chain of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen throughout the body. People who suffer from beta-thalassemia have to regularly receive blood transfusions for their entire lives.

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