Study associates Atpif1 gene with anemia

11/8/2012 | iVillage

The newly identified Atpif1 gene is crucial to the production of hemoglobin and its absence leads to severe anemia, according to a study published in the journal Nature. A deficiency of the gene could be associated with a number of diseases, according to a team from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The finding could lead to new therapies for anemia, said the researchers, who used zebrafish and the human form of the Atpif1 gene in this study.

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