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What is sickle cell trait?

Sickle cell trait is not a disease, but having it means that a person has inherited the sickle cell gene from one of his or her parents. A person who has inherited one sickle cell gene and one normal gene will be a trait "carrier" and can pass it on to his or her children.

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