Chalk up another big potential win for science – it just helped one kid avoid some of the devastating effects of sickle cell disease.
Sickle cell disease is a chronic, genetic blood disorder that affects about 100,000 Americans. It can affect anyone, although it disproportionately occurs in African-Americans. It’s manageable with medicine and proper care, but can still be dangerous and extremely painful. It's a lifelong condition.
Or, maybe not. Because that last part — about it being a lifelong condition – might be changing.