As advancements in technology make it easier for humans to avoid contracting malaria, what do you expect will happen to the sickle cell allele?

Instructions

In preparation for this discussion, please review the information that you have learned in the textbook essay, “The Price of Inbreeding” (pp. 308-309), address the following (~600 words) site your sources:

  • What is sickle cell disease?
  • Is the sickle cell allele dominant or recessive?
  • What was different about the environments where sickle cell disease was prevalent and where it was scarce?
  • What correlation did Dr. Tony Allison find between sickle cell disease and malaria?
  • As advancements in technology make it easier for humans to avoid contracting malaria, what do you expect will happen to the sickle cell allele?
  • Define inbreeding and explain the effects it can have on a population.
  • What effect would inbreeding have on the prevalence of the sickle cell allele?

Respond with 5-7 sentences to two of your fellow classmates and post your comments and reactions as appropriate. When posting or responding to a post, keep your answers relevant to the particular discussion string.