Nine years after getting gene therapy for a rare, inherited immune system disorder often called “bubble boy disease,” 14 out of 16 children are doing well, researchers report.
The children were born with severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). They got an experimental gene therapy in the U.K.
A new report shows that nine years later, 14 of the 16 children had working immune systems and were leading normal lives.
“These children, who would have died very young without treatment, are participating in life as fully as their brothers and sisters,” researcher H. Bobby Gaspar, MD, PhD, tells WebMD. “Most of them are going to school, playing ball, and going to parties.”