Science in Kenya

Explaining Anemia

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Explaining Anemia. In 1949 Anthony Allison, a South-African doctor raised in Kenya, was studying blood samples from Kikuyu, Luo, and Masai people when he first noticed the correlation between malaria resistance and carrying the sickle cell gene. The insight he had in Kenya and the research that followed from it offered the first explanation for the high rates of sickle cell anemia in sub-Saharan Africa and remains to this day a textbook study in population genetics.

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