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DNA/Beta Thalassemia

A few years ago, I was diagnosed with Beta Thalassemia Minor (trait). I was told this is due to Mediterranean ancestry. I am African American and trying to find out if there are any others out there with the trait and what other nationality is in their lineage. I thought of doing a mutation study, but it is very expensive and only done in certain places in the country. The only other large population I know of with the trait is the Ashkenazi Jews, and the project is lead by Stanley Diamond. Any information would be very helpful. Thanks.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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