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A 33-year-old member asked:

What type diseases can be passed down by heredity?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Geriatrics 31 years experience
Many possibilities: Most diseases are too complicated to be explained by simple mendellian genetics. However, family physicians ask about your family history looking for diseases that "run in the family" since various cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, addiction, etc have some basis in genetics & heredity. We can also test for some chromosomal conditions prior to birth via amniocentesis, etc.
Last updated Jul 7, 2012
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