humor only a biologist could love

Sickle Cell Anemia

the whining over New Coke will always be hilarious to me...especially since they implemented that change anyway

I don’t quite remember if sickle cell anemia is caused by a point mutation–could be a deletion–but there you have it, one tiny edit in the heme group causes red blood cells to end up completely misshapen and inefficient carriers of oxygen. (By the way, heterozygy is protective against malaria, which is one of the reasons it’s common. Horrible thing to go through, though, the treatments are a bitch and all too frequent. Obviously, I’m not talking about me.)

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s