Sickle Cell Disease Is More Complex Than Previously Thought: A Psychosomatic Component May Exist
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Mohamed is a research scientist at the University of Chadli Bendjedid.

                       

Sickle Cell Disease Is More Complex Than Previously Thought: A Psychosomatic Component May Exist

Sickle cell disease (SCD) refers to a group of inherited blood disorders whose cause is strictly genetic. People who suffer from one of these disorders are born with an altered form of the HBB gene, which encodes for the β-globin subunit of the adult hemoglobin (HbA). By around six months postnatal, a progressive switch from the intact fetal hemoglobin (HbF) to the altered HbA occurs, thus leading to a structural aberration in red blood cells (RBCs) and, therefore, functional changes...

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