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Science Talk: Antibiotics May Thwart Sickle Cell Crisis

New research by Paul Frenette, M.D., has found that using antibiotics to deplete the body’s microbiome may prevent acute sickle cell crisis and could offer the first effective strategy for warding off sickle cell disease’s long-term complications, such as organ failure. The findings were published online September 16 in the journal Nature. Dr. Frenette is professor of medicine and of cell biology and chair and director of the Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research at Einstein. See accompanying release (September 11, 2015)
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