I’ve recently become more interested in my family health history. There is a distinct likelihood of genetic health traits being perpetuated throughout descendants. I was told many years ago that male baldness was a trait passed down from the mother’s side of the family. My mother wasn’t bald, and so I pretty much ignored this piece of information. Yet, my older brother is definitely losing his hair. I also learned about hemophilia, the genetic disorder that impairs the body’s ability to control blood coagulation, and its presence in the descendants of Queen Victoria’s descendants. Friends have suffered from various types of cancer, only to learn that the specific type is prevalent in their family.