Hemoglobin S Trait

  1. If a person is a carrier for sickle cell disease or has hemoglobin AS, then does this mean that the carrier is not affected by hemoglobinopathy? (He/she is normal/healthy?)

    Thank you.
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  3. epenguin

    epenguin 2,496
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    Yes, or healthy enough. And surely you have or will come across the story of why they are HEALTHIER than people with only A in certain environments, explaining why S became as common as it did?
  4. Thanks, epenguin. Yes, they are protected from malaria?
  5. epenguin

    epenguin 2,496
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    That's right. Suggesting that 'healthy' is often only relative to an environment. (And sometimes to other genetic background).
    I can't say whether they may not have some slight disadvantage away from the malarial environments.
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