Hematology: Heredity & Clotting Factors

All that most laymen know about hemophilia is that it is an odd and dangerous disease of the blood that strikes men only, although it is transmitted by women. Medical researchers have learned a great deal more than that, but when the nation's expert hematologists gathered in Washington, they realized that much more was still to be learned. They are baffled by at least eight bleeding disorders that are caused by the lack of any one of ten different clotting factors in the blood.

Genetic Lottery. Classical hemophilia, known since ancient times, is...

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