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Medical News & Perspectives
October 27, 2010

State, Federal Efforts Under Way to Identify Children With “Bubble Boy Syndrome”

JAMA. 2010;304(16):1771-1773. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1485

The story of David Vetter, a boy with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) who lived in a protective bubble from his birth in 1971 until his death in 1984, captured the public's attention decades ago. Therapies developed since then can often improve or restore immune function, enabling children with SCID to lead relatively normal lives. Yet many children with the disorder are not identified quickly enough to receive such lifesaving treatment.