Gene-Editing Therapy Saves Lives Of Two Baby Girls With Leukemia
Today’s world may be in a dark place right now, but science is providing enough light to fight off the shadows. This is the case of two babies that have just been cured of previously incurable forms of leukemia. Thanks to the groundbreaking gene-editing therapy, their lives will no longer be cut short.
According to the journal Science Translational Medicine, a European team of researchers reported that two baby girls have remained cancer-free 18 and 12 months after being given a new treatment. The case involved genetically engineering white blood cells to provide them with the ability to effectively target cancerous cells.
The team reported that “molecular remissions were achieved within 28 days in both infants,” which is an incredibly short period of time. Currently, the two young girls have shown no signs of the acute lymphocytic leukemia they were once troubled with.
Without the work of the team at both London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital and Cellectis, a French Biotech firm, these beautiful young girls wouldn’t be around today.
This technique has been previously used by different drug companies, but the engineered white blood cells have been extracted from patients that are themselves undergoing treatment. In this case, the killer cells were extracted from healthy donors and then engineered to attack the cancerous cells in the young girls.
Although this method could have caused the babies’ immune system to negatively react to and destroy the “alien” white blood cells injected into their organism, this didn’t happen – at least initially.
The team, however, noted that the first patient did indeed have a bad immune reaction to the treatment two months after it started, but the issue was resolved after the baby received steroids and a bone marrow transplant.
The reason why this treatment was tested on babies is that extremely young children don’t have many white blood cells. So taking away from them could weaken their immune system to a very dangerous point.
The fact that this treatment method appears to be effective suggests that it could turn up to be a “universal” therapy, one that works on all affected regardless of age or relative immune system strength. A lot of work still needs to be done to confirm that this method works on others, including older children and adults, but the progress so far is looking to be incredibly successful.
Cancer comes in different forms, each with different ways of sneaking past our immune systems and corrupting our bodies. Although there has been an uprise in effective and ingenious ways to treat cancers, it still remains a scourge.
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