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Fri Dec 31, 2021, 04:33 PM

The first sickle cell patient treated with CRISPR gene-editing is still thriving

For more than a year, Victoria Gray's life had been transformed. Gone were the sudden attacks of horrible pain that had tortured her all her life. Gone was the devastating fatigue that had left her helpless to care for herself or her kids. Gone were the nightmarish nights in the emergency room getting blood transfusions and powerful pain medication.

But one big question was: Would getting her blood cells genetically modified keep working, freeing her from the complications of sickle cell disease that had plagued her since she was a baby?

More than another year later, the answer appears to be: Yes.

"I'm doing great," Gray, now 36, said during a recent interview from her home in Forest, Miss. with NPR, which has had exclusive access to chronicle her experience for more than two years.

"I haven't any problems with sickle cell at all. I did get a cold about a week ago," she says with a nervous chuckle.

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2021/12/31/1067400512/first-sickle-cell-patient-treated-with-crispr-gene-editing-still-thriving

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Jilly_in_VA Dec 2021 OP
Ocelot II Dec 2021 #1
I_UndergroundPanther Dec 2021 #3
zeusdogmom Dec 2021 #5
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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Dec 31, 2021, 04:43 PM

1. CRISPR gene-editing technology is amazing.

I have to cringe a bit, though, at Victoria Gray's comment that "God did something great for me." No, it wasn't God, it was the scientists who figured out how to do this. Maybe if you were a religious person you could thank God for the scientists' brains, but I would hope she'd acknowledge the actual people who did the work that changed her life. Thank the scientists and the doctors, please.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 31, 2021, 05:55 PM

3. Yeah god didnt do anything to help her

 

She should thank the scientists,nurses and doctors whos support for so many years that let her live.

Than thank those who invented the CRISPR.

I am so glad her sickle cell disorder ended. So many people will be freed from the torture of having
Sickle cell.

If I got my diabeties cured by CRISPR those people I listed above I would thank. No thanks to the invisible sky daddy because he would have no place in the discussion.

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Response to Ocelot II (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 31, 2021, 07:47 PM

5. I'm sure this was an answer to her prayers

Please donít disparage her faith. To those who believe in God, faith is an important part of their lives. My guess is she did thank those doctors and scientists. I heard her interview on NPR. So happy for her.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Fri Dec 31, 2021, 05:15 PM

2. Omg! This is wonderful !

The suffering of people with this disorder is horrible.

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Fri Dec 31, 2021, 07:45 PM

4. They've Already Treated 45 Other Cases

of sickle cell, and previously restored someone's vision, I don't remember the name of the disease.

This can be used to treat all kinds of genetic diseases, and could eventually wipe-out entire diseases, because the body starts replicating the repaired cells, instead of the bad ones, meaning it can no longer be passed on to children.

Incredible.

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