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Sickle cell is a tolerance, not resistance factor

Posted by dtae on 05 Jan 2011 at 17:57 GMT

unlike sickle cell anaemia in humans, which is a classical resistance factor because it reduces malaria parasite densities

Contrary to popular belief, sickle cell appears to be a tolerance factor to infection more than a resistance factor from infection. That is, it tends to reduce the severity of symptoms more than reduce actual parasite numbers.

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