Bone marrow as a source of hematopoietic stem cells for human gene therapy of β-thalassemia.

β-Thalassemia is a severe inherited anemia caused by insufficient production of β-globin chains. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation is currently the only cure, and is limited by donor availability and regimen-related toxicity and mortality. Gene therapy is a promising therapeutic tool for all thalassemic patients lacking a compatible… CONTINUE READING