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Author Topic: Genetics: Great news and first baby-medicine  (Read 1274 times)

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Genetics: Great news and first baby-medicine
« on: March 13, 2009, 04:52:58 PM »
Below a google translation of an article from the AFP (Agence France Press).

Genetics - The first "baby-medicine" cure his Spanish brother

Andrés, 7 years, has managed to heal a severe congenital form of anemia due to the implantation of umbilical cord blood of his brother Javier, announced Friday the Andalusian health. Javier is the first "drug baby" born in Spain. Born in October 2008, it is the result of in vitro selection of an embryo without the genetic defect that afflicts his eldest, then implanted in the womb.

The bone marrow transplant, conducted on 23 January at the Virgen del Rocio hospital in Seville, Andrés allowed to cure his illness, beta-thalassemia major, the most severe form of anemia due to a genetic abnormality of genes hemoglobin. The child returned home on 18 January, does it more to the hospital for routine visits and no longer needed blood transfusions that were previously needed to sustain life. This is the first process of this kind made entirely in Spain, according to health authorities in Andalusia.

Andres is "very happy, he found the taste to play, eat, it changed his life," said his mother Friday at the Spanish National Radio (RNE). Beta-thalassemia, of which there are three alternatives more or less severe, is a disease common in people of Mediterranean, the Middle East, South and East Asia, Africa and the Antilles.

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Génétique - Le premier "bébé-médicament" espagnol guérit son frère

"Le petit Andrés", 7 ans, est parvenu à guérir d'une grave forme d'anémie congénitale grâce à l'implantation du sang du cordon ombilical de son frère Javier, a annoncé vendredi le service andalou de la santé. Javier est le premier "bébé-médicament" né en Espagne. Né en octobre 2008, il est le fruit de la sélection in vitro d'un embryon exempt de l'anomalie génétique dont souffre son aîné, implanté ensuite dans l'utérus de sa mère.

Cette transplantation médullaire, effectuée le 23 janvier à l'hôpital Virgen del Rocio de Séville, a permis à Andrés de guérir de sa maladie, une bêta-thalassémie majeure, la forme la plus grave d'anémie génétique due à une anomalie des gènes de l'hémoglobine. L'enfant, rentré chez lui le 18 janvier, ne se rend plus à l'hôpital que pour des visites de routine et n'a plus besoin des transfusions sanguines qui étaient auparavant nécessaires pour le maintenir en vie. Il s'agit du premier processus de ce genre intégralement réalisé en Espagne, selon les autorités sanitaires andalouses.

Andrès est "très content, il retrouve le goût de jouer, de manger, cela a changé sa vie", a déclaré vendredi sa mère à la Radio nationale espagnole (RNE). La bêta-thalassémie, dont il existe trois variantes plus ou moins sévères, est une maladie répandue dans les populations du bassin méditerranéen, l'ensemble du Moyen-Orient, le Sud et l'Est de l'Asie, l'Afrique et les Antilles.


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