Heredity is the transmission of genetic characteristics from parent to offspring. Several traits and diseases discussed in the forthcoming chapters are hereditary: baldness, blood types, color blindness, and hemophilia, for example. Thus it is appropriate at this point to lay the groundwork for these discussions by introducing a few basic principles of normal heredity. Hereditary defects are described in chapter 29 along with nonhereditary birth defects.
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