Hemoglobin ontogenesis: test of the gene excision hypothesis

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Science  10 Jun 1977:
Vol. 196, Issue 4295, pp. 1215-1216
DOI: 10.1126/science.323976


The gene excision hypothesis of hemoglobin ontogenesis was tested in persons with HbSC disease, with the use of monospecific fluorescent antibodies for the identification of hemoglobins S, C, and F in individual erythrocytes. The results are incompatible with the prediction that only one gamma- or beta-globin gene may be active in any single chromosome and provide further evidence for incomplete repression of gamma-globin genes lying cis to active beta-globin genes.