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Sickle cell disease spreads with migration


Global migration spreads the genes linked to serious genetic disorders. These conditions can put pressure on health services. A team of scientists, lead by Dr Fred Piel at Oxford University, has been tracking the recent movements of the sickle cell gene across the globe to raise awareness of the disease in countries not used to dealing with the condition.

Dr Graham Easton found out more about the disease at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust from consultant haematologist Dr Mark Layton, and patient Bertrand, who had just been admitted to the ward with a sickle cell crisis.