|Basics of Sickle Cell||Who suffers from it?||What is Hemoglobin?||Fiber formation||Protein|
A person who carries the sickle
cell gene has a survival advantage against malaria.
Sickle cell disease primarily affects those people whose ancestors
come from regions of the world where malaria is prevalent namely,
1 in 12 African Americans (~1%
of the population) carries the
sickle cell trait.
The disease is present in
Currently, there is no cure for sickle cell disease, the primary treatment is that of blood transfusions, which acts to effectively decrease the concentration of sickle cell hemoglobin in the blood.
View the Slideshow for the spread of Malaria and Sickle Cell Gene
click here if you are using:
(Basics of Sickle Cell)
(What is Hemoglobin?)