Finding about moles could help address lung and blood diseases

07/21/2010 | Toronto Star, The

Canadian and Danish researchers have discovered a genetic change in the hemoglobin of Eastern moles that enables these animals to survive underground where there is little oxygen. The discovery could lead to a gene therapy for humans with lung disease or the development of artificial blood substitutes for people with hemophilia and sickle cell anemia, one of the researchers said.

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