Children with sickle-cell disorder gene grow to resist malaria

06/6/2005 | BBC

A study of more than 1,000 children living on the coast of Kenya found many of those with a single gene for sickle-cell anemia, but not the condition, grew more resistant to malaria between the ages of 2 and 10, according to a report in PLoS Medicine. The lead researcher said the sickle-cell gene was known to offer some protection, but the acceleration of immunity in children has not been revealed before.

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