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A 44-year-old member asked:

What is genetics?

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Dr. Keith Vaux
Clinical Genetics 28 years experience
General answer: Genetics is a term that refers to the study of genes and their role in inheritance – the way certain traits are passed down from one generation to another.
Dr. Claudia Mikail
Preventive Medicine 25 years experience
Study of heredity: Genetics is the study of the hereditary material (DNA) of living organisms that is transmitted from generation to generation. Genes are distinct parts of the hereditary material that determine which proteins are produced, influencing the organism's traits.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

What is clinical genetics?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Clinical genetics: Clinical genetics is the practice of clinical medicine with particular attention to hereditary disorders. Referrals are made to genetics clinics for a variety of reasons, including birth defects, developmental delay, autism, epilepsy, short stature, and many others. Examples of genetic syndromes that are commonly seen in the genetics clinic include chromosomal rearrangements, down syndrome, others.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What are the genetics of sma?

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Dr. Holly Barth
Dr. Holly Barthanswered
General Practice 10 years experience
Autosomal recessive: A defect in the smn1 gene is what is inherited. Someone has to get 2 copies of this defective gene (one from mom and one from dad) to have sma. If someone only has one copy of the defective-they are a carrier and can pass on that gene to their offspring.

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