In the Blood

Lasker Award winner David Weatherall became interested in genetic blood diseases while doing his compulsory military service in Singapore where he treated a Nepalese girl with anemia — she had thalessemia, which had been throught to only affect people of Mediterranean heritage. As he tells the New York Times' Claudia Dreifus, following his military service, Weatherall was "hooked" and went to Johns Hopkins.

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