Do you want to quickly catch up on the latest news? These are the top news stories for Friday, 8 December 2023.
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1. FDA approves cure of sickle cell disease
Food and Drug Administration approved on Friday a revolutionary treatment for sickle-cell disease, an illness that is devastating to Black people. The therapy, called Casgevy, works by genetically modifying a patient’s stem cells.
The only known cure until now for sickle cell was a donor bone marrow transfusion, but it was not a guaranteed success. In addition to the difficulty in finding a suitable donor, the transplant also comes with the risk of the immune system rejecting it.
2. Republicans and Democrats clash about border security
Congress is at a deadlock over a spending bill. Amidst clashes about how to supply Ukraine and Israel as well as the southern border, no funding will be given until lawmakers reach an agreement.
As a large number migrants try to cross the southern border of the United States, several states report recovering an increasing amount of bodies of those who died during their journey. A key entry point in Arizona was closed to combat illegal immigration.