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Sickle Cell Anemia

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Sickle Cell Anemia
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.32

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    anemia, biconcave, chromosome, defective, detection, enlargement, erroneous, Hand-foot, mutation, Pain-killing, preventive, puberty, rod-like, sickle, sickle-cell, single-gene
     content words:    African Americans


Sickle Cell Anemia
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     What makes you who you are? You inherit genes from your parents. Genes determine your traits. Genes determine the color of your eyes. Genes determine the color of your hair. Genes are segments of DNA found on a chromosome. Genes tell your body how to grow. A mutation, or a gene that carries erroneous instructions, can cause disease or increase your chances of getting a disease.
 
2     Sickle cell anemia is one such disease. It is a single-gene disease. It is the most common genetic disease among African Americans. It is caused by an error in a gene that tells your body how to make hemoglobin. You must inherit the defective gene from both parents in order to have it. If you inherit the gene from only one parent, you don't have the disease, but you do carry the trait.
 
3     You know that sickle cell anemia affects hemoglobin. Do you remember what hemoglobin does? Hemoglobin is a protein that carries oxygen to your cells. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells.

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