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Science for all seasons: There will be blood: Human genetic studies of blood production and disease

Every second, without thinking, our bodies produce millions of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. If this process goes awry, devastating blood disorders can occur, including anemia and leukemia. Vijay Sankaran is interested in how this process happens normally and how it can be perturbed in disease.

In this 2017 Science for All Seasons Talk, Sankaran discusses work from his laboratory that provides insight into the process of blood cell production, and talks about how these findings are leading to the development of improved treatments for blood diseases such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia.