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Does the womans body prevents sperm containing de novo single gene mutation, from fertilizing the egg and develop into a child with disorders?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
No.: A single mutation CAN enter your baby's genome. And always DOES! In fact, the average person has several hundred DNA flaws, many of which could lead to diseases. http://www.medicaldaily.com/nobodys-perfect-we-all-carry-400-disease-causing-dna-mutations-243809 . Bottom line - DON'T WORRY. If a serious illness runs in the father's (your?) family, consider a genetic counselor.

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Last updated Oct 24, 2017

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