The Genetics of Bleeding Disorders

Welcome to the Genetics of Bleeding Disorders

Since Biblical times, people have recognized that hemophilia runs in families. Men with hemophilia tended to have male relatives with the same disease, usually on the mother's side of the family. Despite this recognition, the way in which a disease like hemophilia was transmitted within families remained uncertain.

Today, we know that hemophilia is a genetic disease, which means the disease occurs because specific genes are not functioning properly. The genetics of bleeding disorders may sound complex and intimidating, but in this section, we’ll try to make the genetic picture a bit clearer.

This section on the Genetics of Bleeding Disorders covers: