Lecture 3

In Lecture 3, we look at what I call the “long” history of sickle cell, how for much of history sickle cell was not part of the human genome, and how non-humans – parasites, mosquitoes, mountains, rivers and deserts – all have a role in the history of sickle cell. As such it is a deliberate contrast to Lecture 4 – a short history of sickle cell – in order to illustrate how ethnocentric and anthropocentric is our association of sickle cell with race.

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