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β-thalassaemia is one of the commonest autosomal recessive single-gene disorders worldwide. Prenatal tests use invasive methods, posing a risk for the pregnancy itself. Development of a noninvasive prenatal diagnostic method is, therefore, of paramount importance. The aim of the present study is to identify high-heterozygote informative single-nucleotide(More)
To help clarify the hematological picture of patients who may be positive for beta- and delta-globin gene mutations, the following study was carried out. Our aim was to identify the delta-globin gene mutations found in the Greek Cypriot population, their frequencies and the Hb A2 values associated with them. Seventy-four samples were selected from a random(More)
Haemoglobinopathies are the most common monogenic diseases, posing a major public health challenge worldwide. Cyprus has one the highest prevalences of thalassaemia in the world and has been the first country to introduce a successful population-wide prevention programme, based on premarital screening. In this study, we report the most significant and(More)
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