A 39-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me how is the gene for alpha thalassemia an adaptive trait?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Louis Cooper answered
47 years experience in Pediatrics
Adaptive?: Not certain what you mean. Alpha Thal trait is a genetic--hereditary finding, which was shared with you by either your Mom or Dad. It is not adaptive as sickle cell trai/disease to help prevent malaria, to my knowledge.
Answered on Aug 17, 2014
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