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DNA analysis has revealed the identity of the "cursed blood" disorder that afflicted the British Royal Family in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Scientists say the disease inherited by Queen Victoria's descendants was probably a severe form of the blood clotting disorder haemophilia B.
The scientists examined DNA samples extracted from the skeletal remains of Russia's Romanov family. The research is published in the journal Science. Their analysis included the remains of Queen Victoria's great grandson Crown Prince Alexei.
Originally posted by Byrd
Uhmm... I'm not sure why this is news now. The hemophiliac bloodlines of the royal families are a classic study in genetics and appeared in my biology textbooks in the 1960's.