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What type of genetic disorders are tay sachs disease and canavans examples of?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
20 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Genetic diseases: Tay sachs is an autosomal recessive genetic disease. It is a disease of the nervous system and is a member of the sphingolipidoses. Canavan disease is different autosomal recessive genetic disease of the nervous system and is a member of the leukodystrophies. Eastern european (ashkenazi) jews have a higher carrier rate for both of these diseases than the average population.Seek genetic counsiling.
Answered on Dec 5, 2019

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