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Globin Genes: Evolution

  1. Ross C Hardison

Published Online: 30 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005134.pub2



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Hardison, R. C. 2008. Globin Genes: Evolution. eLS. .

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  1. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2008


Hemoglobins carry oxygen from the lungs to other tissues and are encoded by a family of globin genes that are differentially expressed during development. Defects in expression of these globin genes lead to inherited anemias called thalassemias. Other globin genes encode proteins involved in oxygen storage and other functions.


  • α globin;
  • β globin;
  • hemoglobin;
  • myoglobin;
  • cytoglobin;
  • neuroglobin;
  • thalassemia