What gene change causes alpha-thalassemia?
Alpha-thalassemia is caused by deletions or mutations in the HBA1 and/or HBA2 genes, meaning pieces of the gene are missing or changed. Both of these genes tell the body to make a protein called alpha globin, which is a component of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells responsible for carrying and delivering oxygen to cells throughout the body.
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