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In 1949, two articles appeared independently showing conclusively that SCD was inherited and that people with sickle trait were heterozygous (carriers or AS) for the gene whereas people with the disease were homozygous – i.e., had a double dose of the gene (SS). He smiled, got up from his desk and opened a file drawer.

Two years later, in 1951, the famous Nobel Prize-winning chemist, Dr. Harvey Itano, discovered that the red, oxygen-carrying protein called “hemoglobin” had a different chemical structure in persons with SCD. Pauling to coin the term “molecular disease” for disorders that resulted from proteins with abnormal chemical structures.

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What we call its “discovery” in 1910 occurred, not in Africa, but in the United States.

The disorder we call “Sickle Cell Disease” often abbreviated as SCD, had been present in Africa for at least five thousand years and has been known by many names in many tribal languages.

He subsequently published a paper in one of the medical journals in which he used the term “sickle shaped cells”.