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I have to do a genetic disorder report for class and was debating between color blindness and hemophilia. What are your opinions?

I have to do a genetic disorder report for class and was debating between color blindness and hemophilia. What are your opinions?

Both interesting: These are both fascinating diseases and the subject of much inquiry. Look on wikipedia and you will find much to talk about. The issues are quite different but the underpinning for each is genetic. The hemophilia has had impacts on history such as the family of queen victoria. Color deficiency has caused some famous accidents. Have fun. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Roberts
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Genetic Disease (Definition)

A genetic disease is a disease that is caused by a defect in the genetic (dna) material in a gene(s). It can be inherited and mosy pose a risk to other family members and/or to future children. For many genetic diseases there are molecular tests that allow detection of a change(s) called mutations, we can also detect deltions or other changes to the gene's dna that can also result ...Read more


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Is blindness a genetic disorder?

Is blindness a genetic disorder?

Depends: On what causes the blindness, like retinitis pigmentosa or staargardt's. Most causes are not. ...Read more

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I'd always known about color blindness as a sex linked inheritable disorder. But i read on wikipedia that it can also be acquired. How?

I'd always known about color blindness as a sex linked inheritable disorder. But i read on wikipedia that it can also be acquired. How?

Drugs or disease: Color deficiency that is not inherited can be cause by toxicity from certain medications or conditions that affect the retina and optic nerve. Such conditions include multiple sclerosis and retinitis pigmentosa. ...Read more

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How does a person inherit the color blindness disorder?

How does a person inherit the color blindness disorder?

Mutations (changes) : Changes in genes (regulatory elements) in every cell are inherited and may affect color vision. Thede changes are statistically much more significantt in males than females because the latter often have normal color vision genes to compensate. Inhered color blindness thus is more common in males, but color deficit also can result from some eye diseases, in either sex. ...Read more

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How many chromosomes are in the color blindness disorder?

Typically one: The mutations in genes affecting color vision are typically on the x-chromosome, but it has been shown that occasionally other chromosomes may be involved (perhaps as many as 20 different ones). Since males have only one x-chromosome (females two), color deficit is much more common in males (second x-chromosome in the female may be normal, to compensate). ...Read more

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What are some other sex-link disorders other than hemophilia and color blindness?

See below: There is a long list of such disorders, e.g., muscular dystrophy, agammaglobulinemia, hemolytic anemia, alport type kidney disease, mental retardation and more. See this site for a list. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/x-linked_recessive_inheritance. ...Read more

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Color blindness is a sex linked heritable disorder but i read on wikipedia that it can also be acquired. How?

Many ways: Diseases that affect the optic nerve or macula of the eye can cause color-blindness. There are many of diseases in these categories. ...Read more

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Help please! is color blindness a gene disorder or a chromosomal disorder?

Help please! is color blindness a gene disorder or a chromosomal disorder?

The same: Genes are the elements of the chromosomes and so a disorder of a gene will be carried on a chromosome (usually the x for most color blindness). It is like saying is an apartment the same as an apartment building. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is color blindness?

What sort of disease is color blindness?

Color vision anomaly: Color blindness is a misnomer, as most color blind people see some colors, they just see the hues differently than the norm. This can be an advantage if looking at camoflage. Our cone cells come in three types to see red, blue and yellow, and the receptors in color vision defect patients are either lacking or at lower levels than i. ...Read more

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How come some people are color blind and some people are not?

How come some people are color blind and some people are not?

It's in the genes: Color blindness is a genetic mutation that causes the receptors in the film layer of the eye (retina) to be unable to differentiate certain colors (blue, green etc.). There are several different forms of color blindness, related to the different mutations that can arise. Since most of us do not get the mutation, we have "normal" color perception. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kale
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Color Blindness (Definition)

Color blindness is a condition where an individual has a decreased ability or complete inability to detect differences between various colors. For example, red-green color blindness is the inability to distinguish between ...Read more