First Lady at DNA testing programme for children with Thalassaemia

First Lady at DNA testing programme for children with Thalassaemia

Written by Staff Writer

17 Dec, 2013 | 11:51 am

A programme was held on Monday to conduct DNA testing on children living with Thalassaemia in Colombo.

This was incidentally the first time in Sri Lanka that DNA testing was conducted on children affected with Thalassaemia

The programme which was organised by the Sri Lanka Thalassaemia Circle commenced under the auspices of First Lady, Shiranthi Rajapaksa and Consultant Dr. Kalinga Nanayakkara.

The Sri Lanka Thalassemia Circle was formed by a group of specialist doctors to spread awareness with regard to Thalassaemia to challenge the commonly held notion that it cannot be cured.

The initial step of this programme which took place on Monday, was to conduct DNA testing which will then be sent to the United States in order to find a matching bone marrow donor for the children who are affected by this genetic disorder.

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