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The Enculturated Gene – Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa - Princeton Scholarship Online
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The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa

Duana Fullwiley


In the 1980s, a research team led by Parisian scientists identified several unique DNA sequences, or haplotypes, linked to sickle cell anemia in African populations. After casual observations of how patients managed this painful blood disorder, the researchers in question postulated that the Senegalese type was less severe. This book traces how this genetic discourse has blotted from view the roles that Senegalese patients and doctors have played in making sickle cell “mild” in a social setting where public health priorities and economic austerity programs have forced people to improvise infor ... More

Keywords: sickle cell anemia, public health, economic austerity, geneticists, self-care, DNA haplotypes, Senegalese sickle cell, DNA sequences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691123165
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691123165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Duana Fullwiley, author
Harvard University