Sickle Cell

By Patrick Buckley

Chromosome Carrying Sickle Cell

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Info on Sickle Cell

Sickle cell disease is a group of disorders that affects hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to cells throughout the body. People with this disorder have atypical hemoglobin molecules called hemoglobin S, which can distort red blood cells into a sickle, or crescent, shape. The exact gene name of Sickle Cell is HBB. The symptoms of Sickle Cell are painful swelling of he hands and feet, fatigue or fussiness from anemia and a yellowish color of the skin. Treatments of sickle cell is bone marrow transplant offers the only potential cure for sickle cell anemia. While there is no widely cure for sickle cell disease, there are treatments in research. You can tell who carries sickle cell will normally be tested for it and know right away. Sickle cell is inherited simply by genes, and that's my info about Sickle Cell.

Special Segment

This segment is dedicated to Floyd Smith who was a student last year at WJHS and died of Sickle Cell. He was a very close friend to some people and a friend of mine that I had met last year. His death inspired me to get into and learn and research Sickle Cell. R.I.P. Floyd Smith