Biology 2010 Student Edition

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 9780133669510
ISBN 13: 978-0-13366-951-0

Chapter 14, Human Heredity - Assessment - 14.2 Human Genetic Disorders - Understand Key Concepts/Think Critically - Page 412: 10



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Malaria is a disease caused by a parasite carried by mosquitoes. The sickle cell gene is a defective gene that causes red blood cells to have a sickle shape instead of the normal disc shape; however, a formidable percentage of the inhabitants of Africa still carry this gene because individuals that have the heterozygous form are rather resistant to malaria.
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