thalassemia :

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  • n  an inherited form of anemia caused by faulty synthesis of hemoglobin

  • Someday the new technology could yield treatments for diseases such as cancer, thalassemia and sickle-cell anemia.
  • In essence, thalassemia victims cannot form healthy red blood cells on their own and require periodic transfusions; sickle cell patients are subjected to painful blood vessel .
  • Both suffer from Cooley's anemia (thalassemia major), a hereditary blood disease resulting in deficient synthesis of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying component of blood.

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