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What causes sickle cell disease?

Sickle cell disease is passed down in families, through people's genes. Genes carry the instructions for making red blood cells (RBCs).

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What are the chances my baby will have sickle cell disease (SCD)?
Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family MedicineUniv. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
If both parents have sickle cell trait (SCT), there is a 50 percent (or 1 in 2) chance that the chil...
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How is sickle cell disease treated?
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Sickle cell anemia may only be cured by a bone marrow transplant, though that process involves much ...
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When Was Sickle Cell Disease Discovered?
When Was Sickle Cell Disease Discovered?
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