Bluebird’s tweaked sickle cell gene therapy clears early test

| November 1, 2017

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Bluebird Bio has posted early clinical data suggesting work to rescue its sickle cell gene therapy may pay off. The tweaked gene therapy triggered a jump in the proportion of vector-positive cells in the two patients treated so far, raising hopes Bluebird has overcome its shortcomings.

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