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Deng stares at the IV as millions of genetically modified immune system cells slowly drip into his body. The infusion will take at least an hour.
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Deng was returning to the hospital to receive his second infusion of gene edited T cells. When he first arrived canada goose outlet at the hospital about a month ago, he was so weak he needed a wheelchair. But Deng says he started feeling cheap Canada Goose better soon after his first infusion.
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buy canada goose jacket cheap It’s still too early to draw firm conclusions about how effective the treatment will be or what the full extent of side effects from it. Deng is one of just 21 patients with advanced, incurable cancer canada goose uk shop of the esophagus that Wu has treated so far with CRISPR edited T cells. buy canada goose jacket cheap
But Wu says about 40 percent of the patients appear to have responded. One patient is still alive almost a year later.
There’s no randomized comparison group in this study. But usually, such patients would have no cheap canada goose uk hope, Wu says. «If they have not received this treatment they will die most of them will die in three to six months,» he says.
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«As a cancer doctor, you see many deaths,» Wu says. «So it’s good to be part of this.»
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But the less stringent oversight makes doctors and bioethicists worry that some Chinese doctors may be rushing ahead too quickly, possibly putting patients at canadian goose jacket risk.
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