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Microscopic image of sickle cell
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Research Features
More than 100,000 people in the United States and an estimated 20 million worldwide suffer from sickle cell disease, a group of inherited, often life-threatening blood disorders that wreak havoc on the body. Mainly affecting African-Americans, Hispanics and Asians, the disease is caused by a mutation in the gene that makes oxygen-carrying hemoglobi...
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NHLBI in the Press
The mammalian liver possesses the remarkable ability to regenerate after injury, potentially restoring up to 70% of its lost mass and function in just a few weeks.
Cure Sickle Cell.
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Research Feature
When the NHLBI announced the launch of the Cure Sickle Cell Initiative on September 13, many in the sickle cell disease community responded with enthusiasm. Patients, family members, and advocates took to social media and other channels to say they are ready to do their part, starting with spreading the news about the initiative to their neighbors,...
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NHLBI in the Press
The population of the Mediterranean island of Sardinia has made important contributions to genome-wide association studies of complex disease traits.