Two children have reportedly been cured of cancer using a ground-breaking new treatment involving genetic engineering.
Two babies have just been rescued from previously incurable forms of leukemia. Thanks to gene-editing therapy, their lives will no longer be cut short.
Writing in the journal Science Translational Medicine, a European team of researchers report that the two young girls have remained cancer-free a year after being given the treatment.
Gene-editing genetically engineered white blood cells which gave the babies the ability to effectively target cancerous cells in their own bodies.
The team’s paper notes that ‘molecular remissions were achieved within 28 days in both infants’.
In one month – an incredibly short space of time – the girls have shown no signs of the acute lymphocytic leukemia they were once riddled with.
This gene-editing technique has been used before by various drug companies, but previously the engineered white blood cells had been extracted from patients undergoing treatment for cancer.
This case is particularly noteworthy because the killer cells were taken from healthy donors and then engineered to attack the cancer cells in the young patients.
The treatment was orchestrated by Cellectis, a French Biotech firm, and carried out at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital.
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It is hoped that this form of gene-editing therapy could be a truly universal treatment.