Reengineering Life

A Genetic Cure for Sickle Cell Disease Moves Closer to Reality

Gene therapy and CRISPR show promising signs

Photo illustration. Image: Kateryna Kon/Science Photo Library/Getty Images

Millions of people around the world, including around 100,000 in the United States, suffer from sickle cell disease, a brutally painful inherited blood disorder. Most of them are of African descent. Over time, the disease worsens…