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What you should know about gene therapies for sickle cell disease

For decades, life with sickle cell disease (SCD) was marked by a lack of treatment options. When people with the disease had a stroke or a debilitating pain episode — symptoms that combined to cut decades off their lives — doctors had little to offer besides pain medications. That might start to change in December, when federal officials could approve two cutting-edge gene therapies for SCD.