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What is a type of anemia that is inherited by african- american, mediterranean, and southeast asian people?

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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
There are many....: These ethnic groups occupy the thalassemia belt, which is a geographic area that overlaps with areas endemic for malarial pathogens such as plasmodium falciparum and plasmodium vivax. Thalassemia and a host of hemoglobinopathies are thought to confer resistance to malaria. The downside to these protective mechanisms is that some willl inherit combinations that are pathologic.

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