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Sickle Cell Mutation Story

This video segment tells the story of a genetic mutation affecting the population of West Africa. Although helpful in preventing malaria, this mutation can also lead to sickle cell anemia. We combine the biochemistry we learned in Chapter 10 (what proteins are, and how DNA codes for proteins) with the evolution we learned in Chapter 11 (natural selection).

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