Originally Posted by DrB0b
SE Asia has a very high level of Thalasemia. Close to 40%. For exactly the same reason sub-saharan Africa has, it confers some resistance to malaria. That's why Thai hospitals insist that pregnant women and their partners take blood tests for Thalasemia.
you seem to have missed out a sentence, DrBOb
the reason the test is done is to make sure both parents do not have the sickle cell mutation; if they do, it is much more likely their future kid will develop the disease
I am not sure what can be done about it though at that stage!
Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
Sickle Cell Anaemia is a direct result of being offspring of two parents with the same genetic mutation and nothing else. In Saudi Arabia you are supposed to be tested before you get married, to try and eradicate the disease, but the silly sods ignore it. Not sure if *every* child of two such parents actually develops it though.
you will not eradicate it that way, merely avoid having kids who may develop it, as it is not a disease to have the gene. Those genes from one parent who does have it can still be present in any offspring