The 64Cu incorporation into fibroblast clones obtained from three obligate and three suspected Menkes disease heterozygotes was studied. For each obligate heterozygote, two clonal cell populations were observed, one with a Menkes phenotype and one with a normal phenotype, as predicted by the Lyon hypothesis. The cloning results suggested a heterozygous state in two of the suspected carriers. The theoretical and practical limitation of the cloning method for identification of carriers of X linked diseases are discussed.
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