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Last Posted: May 28, 2024
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Sickle Cell Disease Approvals Include First CRISPR Gene Editing Therapy
E Harris, JAMA, January 3, 2024

From the article: "The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently greenlit 2 cell-based gene treatments for sickle cell anemia, including the first therapy involving the genome editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats–CRISPER-associated protein 9). Both treatments are approved for people aged 12 years or older and work by modifying people’s own blood stem cells and then transplanting them into their bodies via a single-dose infusion. They change blood cells in different ways, though. "

How CRISPR gene editing could help treat Alzheimer’s
T Thompson, Nature, December 11, 2023

From the article: "Last month saw the first-ever approval of a gene therapy that uses the CRISPR–Cas9 gene-editing tool, a treatment for the blood conditions sickle-cell disease and ß-thalassaemia that works by precisely cutting out a faulty gene in people’s stem cells. Now, researchers in search of new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are hoping to deploy similar strategies against forms of the disease that are caused by genetic mutations."

In historic decision, FDA approves a CRISPR-based medicine for treatment of sickle cell disease
A Feurstein, StatNews, December 8, 2023

From the article: "The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the world’s first medicine based on CRISPR gene-editing technology, a groundbreaking treatment for sickle cell disease that delivers a potential cure for people born with the chronic and life-shortening blood disorder. The new medicine, called Casgevy,'s authorization is a scientific triumph for the technology that can efficiently and precisely repair DNA mutations — ushering in a new era of genetic medicines for inherited diseases. "

CRISPR 2.0: a new wave of gene editors heads for clinical trials Landmark approval of the first CRISPR therapy paves the way for treatments based on more efficient and more precise genome editors.
H Ledford, Nature, December 7, 2023

From the article: "Less than a month after the world’s first approval of a CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing therapy, researchers are hoping that the therapy will win its second authorization this week — this time from the United States, with its famously stringent regulators and lucrative health-care market. The therapy, which UK regulators approved on 16 November, disables a gene as a means of treating a genetic blood disorder called sickle cell disease. A host of other CRISPR-Cas9 therapies that work on the same principle are in clinical trials as treatments for a range of diseases. "

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