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Global Map of Sickle Cell Gene Supports Malaria Hypothesis
At a global scale, the sickle cell gene is most commonly found in areas with historically high levels of malaria, adding geographical support to the hypothesis that the gene, while potentially deadly, avoids disappearing through natural selection by providing protection against malaria.
The Politics of Hope—Dreaming in a Genomic Age
Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, reviews the book "The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine—ethnicity and innovation in Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis, and Sickle Cell Disease" (2006) by Keith Wailoo and Stephen Pemberton.
NCAA's Sickle Cell Test Plan Raises Fears
A recent NCAA recommendation to screen college athletes for sickle cell trait - the gene that can cause sickle cell disease - is raising the hackles of some experts who say testing is probably unnecessary, and may even lead to inadvertent discrimination against minority players.