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Hemoglobin Structure And Function, The Genetics Of Hemoglobinopathies, Sickle Cell Disease, Treatment Options And Continuing Research

Hemoglobinopathies are diseases caused by the production of abnormal hemoglobin or by a deficiency of hemoglobin synthesis. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells (erythrocytes) that binds to oxygen, to distribute it throughout the body. The major hemoglobinopathies are sickle cell disease and several forms of thalassemia.

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