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Surveys of Thalassemia and Other Blood Defects in Spain
EUROPEAN RESEARCH OFFICE LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM)
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Drs. A. Pellicer and A. Casado of the Institute of Genetics and Anthropology, Center for Biological Research, Madrid, have accumulated extensive data on the incidence of thalassemia trait and G6PD deficiency in Spain, with particular reference to the former incidence of malaria. They find no correlation, in the case of thalassemia trait. The G6PD deficiency gene they believe to be uniformly distributed in Spain. They have failed to find any cases of sickle cell trait despite the presence of an African negroid component in segments of the population. The studies are being extended to acatalasemia three cases of presumably heterozygous hypocatalasemia have been found.
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