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The new study involved base editing experiments in cells from beta-thalassemia patients and human embryos. Cloned human embryos were generated in a lab using a technique called nuclear transfer.
Beta thalassemia is a fairly common blood disorder worldwide, occurring most frequently in people from Mediterranean countries, North Africa, the Middle East, India, Central Asia and Southeast Asia.
The first published work involving human embryos, reported in 2015, was done in China and targeted a gene that leads to the blood disorder beta thalassemia.
Alpha thalassemia occurs most often in people from Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and Africa, according to the NLM.
Without access to blood, thalassemia patients can experience critical anemia or even death.
The strongest risk factors are liver disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV and thalassemia, a rare blood disorder.
Stanford is also using gene therapy to target other diseases, such as sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia, a blood disorder that reduces the production of hemoglobin.
With a slight tweak, Qasim says, this gene therapy could be applied to other cancers, and even genetic diseases like thalassemia.
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Origin and Etymology of thalassemia
First Known Use: 1932See Words from the same year
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