Potential Good News in Fight Against Sickle Cell Anemia

I pray that we are getting close – with Allah’s permission – to finding a cure for this horrible disease. For I am certain that one exists because the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) has informed us that there is a cure for every disease except for death.

A new method of turning ordinary skin cells into powerful multipurpose cells without destroying embryos has cured its first patients — a group of mice with sickle cell anemia.

Researchers took cells from tails of the mice and injected four genes into them, reprogramming the cells to an embryonic state able to turn into virtually any cell in the body. The genetic defect that causes sickle cell was corrected and the stem cells were turned into healthy blood cells, then inserted into sick mice. The mice became healthy. [Read it all]

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