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Hemoglobin S Trait

  1. Mar 10, 2013 #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?)

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  3. Mar 10, 2013 #2

    epenguin

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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. Mar 11, 2013 #3
    Thanks, epenguin. Yes, they are protected from malaria?
     
  5. Mar 11, 2013 #4

    epenguin

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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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