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Now eight babies with "bubble boy disease" have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system's worst enemies -- HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A study out details how scientists turned this enemy virus into a savior, altering it so it couldn't cause disease and then using it to deliver a gene the boys lacked.Omarion Jordan, who turns 1 later this month, had the therapy in December to treat severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, or SCID.The treatment was pioneered by a St. Jude doctor who recently died, Brian Sorrentino.Doctors think gene therapy could be a fix.When doctors first tried it 20 years ago, the treatment had unintended effects on other genes, and some patients later developed leukemia.The eighth needed a second dose of gene therapy but now is well, too.
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