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What is thalassemia?

Thalassemia is a problem with the blood. With thalassemia, the instructions that tell red blood cells (RBCs) how to make hemoglobin have a mistake in them. Wrong instructions mean the RBCs can’t make hemoglobin properly, so they can’t carry oxygen around the body. Not having enough hemoglobin makes people feel tired and short of breath. This is called anemia.

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