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Royal 'cursed' blood disorder identified

12th October 2009

Scientists have said the blood disorder which was inherited by members of the British royal family in the early 19th and 20th centuries was haemophilia B.

By examining DNA samples from members of the Romanov family, the researchers were able to discover that a mutation of the X chromosome caused the blood clotting disorder. The chromosome was passed on by the mother, but only inherited by male members of the royal family.

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Article Information

Title: Royal 'cursed' blood disorder identified
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 12877
Date Added: 12th Oct 2009

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