January 10, 2013

Iron in Our Blood Keeps Us... and Kills Us

Bradley Wertheim, The Atlantic


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n ambulance rushed Dr. Malcolm Casadaban to a Chicago emergency department with labored breathing and three days of fever, body aches, and cough. He died twelve hours later as heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver failed under the burden of overwhelming infection.

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TAGGED: Ancestry, Genetic Disorder, Hemoglobin, Blood, Iron

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