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Gene Therapy for Common Blood Disorders

In a landmark study that could lead to new therapies for sickle cell anemia and other blood disorders, researchers have used CRISPR gene editing to introduce beneficial natural mutations into blood cells to boost their production of fetal hemoglobin.

The research solves a 50-year-old mystery about how these mutations — which are naturally carried by a small percentage of people — operate and alter the expression of human genes. The study, by an international team led by UNSW scientist Professor Merlin Crossley, is published in the journal Nature Genetics.

Casualty Care Provided to Trauma Patients

A groundbreaking study of nearly 4,000 trauma patients evacuated from the frontlines in Afghanistan over a six-year period offers insight that can inform decisions on team composition, staff training and skill mix on the battlefield and beyond.