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    DNA correction saves 'Butterfly child'

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41914101
    'Butterfly child' given life-saving skin

    A child has been given a new genetically modified skin that covers 80% of his body, in a series of lifesaving operations. Hassan, who lives in Germany, has a genetic disease - junctional epidermolysis bullosa - that leaves his skin as fragile as a butterfly's wings. A piece of his skin was taken, its DNA was repaired in the laboratory and the modified skin grafted back on.

    After nearly two years, the new skin appears completely normal. The family's full details have not been released to protect their privacy, but Hassan's father said the transformation was "like a dream". "Hassan feels like a normal person now, he plays, he's being active, he's enjoying his life and he's not the way he was before," he said.

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