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1. cells are collected from blood or bone marrow 2. Patient's target cells are isolated 3. A therapeutic gene is packed into a delivery vehicle, such as an engineered virus 4. Vector is introduced into the patient's stem cells 5. Genetically modified cells are returned to the patient who may require specific conditioning

FDA approves Bluebird Bio gene therapy for lethal brain disease in children

Approval of the one-time treatment for a lethal brain disease marks a crucial win for the Somerville company.

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From The Wall Street Journal. Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief, Martha Murray, MD, is quoted.
 

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From NBC News. Ofer Levy, MD, PhD, is quoted.

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Boston’s new mental health czar lays out his goals

From The Boston Globe. Kevin Simon, MD, is featured.

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Bluebird wins U.S. approval for a gene therapy to treat patients with a rare blood disorder

From STAT. Chief of Hematology and Oncology, David Williams, MD, is quoted.
 

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From TIME Magazine. Adrienne Randolph, MD, MSc, is quoted.
 

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Why should younger kids get older COVID booster shots?

From WCVB-TV Channel 5. Kristin Moffitt, MD, is interviewed.
 

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