A British baby has become the first in the world to receive genetically modified immune cells from a donor and is now cancer free
A British baby has become the first in the world to be free of leukaemia through a ground-breaking genetic editing technique which creates designer immune cells to fight cancer.
Doctors had given up all hope of saving Layla Richards, now 17 months, after she failed to respond to chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
But when desperate parents Lisa and Ashleigh begged Great Ormond Street Hospital to try anything to cure their daughter, specialists agreed to attempt something entirely unique.
A team of scientists and doctors took donor immune cells and used ‘molecular scissors’ to edit out genes to create specialised killer cells which could hunt out and eradicate her leukaemia.
Professor Paul Veys, Director of bone marrow transplant at Great Ormond Street, said: “As this was the first time that the treatment had been used, we didn’t know if or when it work so we were over the moon when it did.