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World Sickle Cell Awareness Day

PerkinElmer is proud to support Sickle Cell Awareness Day: June 19, 2021 Sickle cell anemia, a beta-hemoglobinopathy characterized by red blood cells with a crescent or sickle shape, is the most common inherited genetic disease in the world. The abnormally shaped blood cells tend not to be flexible enough to efficiently move around the body …

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Charles Kiyaga, Director Programs, Partnerships and Global Health, Uganda National Health Laboratory Services, Ministry of Health Uganda Newborn screening programs are life saving for babies who are born with abnormalities, however they are largely not funded… especially in resource limited settings. In sub-Saharan African, NBS programs virtually don’t exist and yet diseases …

Background No parents ever want to hear that their child has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The most common fatal X chromosome genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood, DMD affects 1 in every 3,500 boys born each year.1 While girls can become carriers of the disorder, few ever manifest its debilitating symptoms. The reason why is because …

Dr. Maria Melanie Liberty B. Alcausin is not one to languish on her laurels. The director of the Newborn Screening Reference Center (NBRC) in the Philippines, Dr. Alcausin announced that her agency now screens up to 96% of the country’s 2.4 million babies born each year. Considering that many of those babies are born at …

A Global Blood Disorder Over 400,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease (SCD) each year, making it the most common genetic disease in the world.1 In its most severe form, known as HbSS, SCD distorts hemoglobin S, or sickle hemoglobin, into a sickle shape from which the disease derives its name.2 These irregularly shaped …


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