Reggie the Red Blood Cell
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Good Morning Ms. Diana, my dad was just telling me about sickle, can you tell me more about his disease?
Oh Reggie, sickle is very lucky to only have the sickle cell trait, in places like Africa where there is Malaria, his trait is advantageous!
Does sickle cell protect him from malaria?
Having the trait causes him to produce very low levels of haem-oxygenase 1, which is an enzyme that breaks down the malaria disease.
He has all the benifits from the trait without as many disadvantages that the abnormal shape causes, such as clogged arteries.
Wow! Sickle is the coolest! I'm glad I'm healthy, but he is so fascinating!
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