29 Feb '12, 9am

Teenager treated for immune deficiency with his own stem cells

LONDON - British doctors have successfully treated children with a rare immune disorder for the first time by giving them an injection of their own stem cells. Doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital have treated five children whose immune systems cannot recognise and fight off infections, leaving them vulnerable to serious illnesses. The condition, known as x-CGD, is caused by faulty genes. Doctors were able to take a sample of the children's stem cells, manipulate them in the laboratory and reintroduce them. The children were given a working copy of the faulty gene and their condition improved, enabling them to temporarily fight off infections. The treatment offers vital hope to the children who could be treated again if they faced a serious infection. It is the third immune disorder that doctors at Great Ormond Street Hospital have successfully tackled, the Daily Telegr...

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