Tag: hemochromatosis

Mouse Research May Shed Light On Human Iron Disorder

Our bodies need iron: to form the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin for our red blood cells, maintain our immune systems and keep our muscles and brains functioning properly. But not too much.  Excess iron can build up in tissues like the liver, heart and pancreas, causing damage and possibly organ ...

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The Ultimate Trade-off: Genes, Environment, and Why We Crave Twinkies

Last week in the Spittoon we reported on a new study that identified an interesting genetic trade-off — a genetic variant known that has one effect on a person's vulnerability to malaria, and the opposite on susceptibility to HIV infection. The "Duffy negative" version of the gene, which is common among ...

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