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Curing cancer

Doctors are reporting stunning success in the ongoing fight against cancer. Gene therapy holds tremendous promise in fighting blood cancers such as leukemia. By changing a patient’s own cells into cells that attack the cancer, patients show no signs of cancer.

Emily Whitehead, 8, of Philipsburg, Penn., is a healthy little girl today. Two years ago, doctors believed her organs would fail within days. She was the first child given gene therapy.

Everyone has been touched by this horrible disease – cancer. Perhaps the cure all along was literally within our reach.

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