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How can the inheritance of colorblindness and hemophilia differ from other diseases that can be inherited?

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Dr. Anna-Kaisa Niemi
15 years experience in Clinical Genetics
X-linked vs. others: Hemophilia and color blindness are inherited through x-chromosome. This means that females (who have two x chromosomes, which makes them females) are generally less affected. Males are more severely affected (they have one x and one y chromosome which lacks genes). Other modes are autosomal recessive (parents carriers), dominant (parent often affected) or mitochondrial (from maternal line).
Answered on Feb 7, 2017
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