Gene Therapy Shows Promise Against Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell trait is an inherited blood disorder that affects 1 million to 3 million Americans with 8 to 10 percent of them being Black. The disease is caused by a single mutation in one gene and mainly occurs in people of African descent which causes agonizing pain, strokes and early death. However, recent advances in gene therapy may eventually lead to a cure for sickle cell disease.