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Genetics

25 August 2011

Gene therapy for 'bubble boy' kids

More than a dozen children with so-called "bubble boy" disease are alive and well, with functioning immune systems, nine years after undergoing gene therapy to correct their disorder, researchers report.

More than a dozen children with so-called "bubble boy" disease are alive and well, with functioning immune systems, nine years after undergoing gene therapy to correct their disorder, researchers report.

The disorder - severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) - compromises the immune system so severely that children can't fight off normally innocuous infections. The condition is rare, and the term "bubble boy" was coined after a Texas boy with the condition lived in a germ-free plastic bubble.

 

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