Reading a book "Victoria's gene" which is all about the hemophilia disease that she passed on to her descendants. Apparently DNA on the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II revealed that Anastasia was a carrier of the illness, her 3 sisters were not.
I've read that Maria was a carrier. Appearantly she an operation on her tonsils once and bleeded so much, her mother had to urge the doctor to go on with it.
Wasn't there confusion at first about the youngest two daughters, when the bones were discovered? If I am correct the bones of Aleksei and one of his sisters were found on a different spot then the rest of the family.
Yes, the last ones to be discovered were of Aleksey and Maria. Yurovski had them buried elsewhere to confuse any future researchers (as the Tsar had five children and not just three).
Thank you for the confirmation.
Therefore it could be a mistake that according to the book Anastasia was the only carrier of the hemophilia gene(s). Or it should be Marie or it should be both princesses.
The thing is one of the two definitely was a carrier. One side (Americans) say this one...Russians say the other one.
I don't remember which was which though. And of course it could've been both as well.
Yup, I can completely understand the confusion
Also in the linked Science article:
"..Earlier this year, Rogaev and his colleagues reported that, based on DNA analysis, the bodies of two children found near the murder site were indeed those of Alexei and his sister Maria. They further confirmed that the other bodies near the site belonged to the rest of the Romanov family. .."
So I guess Rogaev and his team knew the difference between the bones of Anastasia and Maria. It is also the team who got the result of Alix and Anastasia being carriers of hemophilia B.
Yes, thanks for the article.
This is not the what if
thread, but one wonders, how history would've developed, if the revolution hadn't overtrown them.
Would've Alexei survived to succeed his father? (Somehow that's very doubtable, considering the medicine at the time.)
Would've probably really Olga been made regent?
In what other RFs would've the deadly disease been spread assuming that Maria and/or Anastasia would've married foreign royals as was customary.