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Hereditary hemochromatosis (HHC) represents an autosomal recessive disease in which increased iron absorption causes iron overload and irreversible tissue damage. The recently detected association between two point mutations in the HFEgene on chromosome 6p and HHC has made it possible to screen for the disease before the onset of irreversible tissue damage. Conventional genetic testing is based on restriction fragment-length polymorphisms (RFLP) using two endonuclease recognition sites in codondoi:10.2144/99266st02 pmid:10376150 fatcat:6b26mxoponez7c2stkhojlp7u4