© Kamla-Raj 2003                                                                        Int J Hum Genet, 3(4): 195-196 (2003)



Navigating the Course of “Sea of Blood” a Preface


Anju Gupta and Sarita Agarwal


Department of Genetics, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences,

Lucknow, Uttar Pardesh India


KEYWORDS Sickle cell anemia; hemoglobin SC disease; thalassemia; prevention


ABSTRACT Hemoglobinopathies comprise a very large number of genetic biochemical/ physiological entities, most of which are academic curiosities whose major effect on medicine is to add to the surfeit of useless scientific information. However, several of these conditions (e.g., sickle cell anemia, hemoglobin SC disease, and some thalassemias) are common major life-threatening diseases. Though PND has given a new dimension to thalassemia prevention but the social, psychological and ethical issues stemming from pregnancy studies and the social stigma has reduced its effectiveness.


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