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what type of genetic disorder is the duchenne muscular dystrophy?

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Dr. Alisa Niksch
Pediatric Cardiology 22 years experience
"X-Linked recessive": This means that the problem causing this disease is carried on the x chromosome. Women have 2 of these, men just one. If a boy has an x chromosome that has this genetic defect, there is no other dna to "cover" this up and that boy will have the disease. Women have 2 copies of dna, and only can be carriers. Mothers can then pass this problem on to their sons, however.

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Will my baby have sickle cell disease if my partner and I carry the gene?

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What genetic disorders can be recognized in pregnancy?

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If our baby passes genetic testing, does that mean it will be born without genetic defects?

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