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'Impacted every aspect of my life': Sickle Cell Awareness Month encourages understanding

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. At this time, the only known cure for sickle cell disease is receiving bone marrow transfusions from a close family member. Gene therapy, which uses the patient's own cells, is currently considered experimental.  “Basic science and clinical research – both will help us better take care of a brand new population of adults that have sickle cell disease,” Dr. Jane Little, director of UNC's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease program, said. 

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