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“Bubble baby” lives a normal life after gene therapy

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7342.872 (Published 13 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:872
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    The first success for gene therapy in the United Kingdom has restored health to an infant who last year was confined to a sterile room and needed to be kept alive by a ventilator.

    Rhys Evans, now 18 months old, suffered from X chromosome linked severe combined immunodeficiency disorder, popularly known as “baby in the bubble” syndrome, after the sterile plastic spheres used to protect some babies from infection. He now lives a normal life at home.

    At a …

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