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Genetics

16 September 2010

Gene Rx May Fight Severe Blood Disorder

But far more research is needed to know whether treatment is safe and effective, researcher cautions

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The blood disorder -- beta-thalassemia -- occurs when a crucial blood protein known as beta globin is missing from the red blood cells that carry oxygen. Without beta globin, many of the red blood cells die off, causing severe anemia and eventually death if the person goes untreated.

 

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