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In your opinion, what is the worst genetic disease for a fetus?

In your opinion, what is the worst genetic disease for a fetus?

Down syndrome.: For many reasons (longevity, inability to care for self, chronic health problems, neurodevelopmental delay and dementia) this is a particularly hard genetic condition for families to bear; don't misunderstand me, i personally think some of the affected individuals are charismatic and a blessing to their families, but typically they are a heavy burden (>90% 5-year divorce rate reported). ...Read more

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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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Cysts that grow in different areas of your body. Is there a genetic disease that would cause this?

Cysts that grow in different areas of your body. Is there a genetic disease that would cause this?

Several: There are indeed a number of genetic conditions that produce cysts or lumps in different areas of the body. One of the most common would be a condition called neurofibromatosis. ...Read more

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Are there any genetic disorders that cause genu varum?

Are there any genetic disorders that cause genu varum?

Uncommon but yes: Most common cause is physiologic bowing (esssentially normal variant). Blounts disease (not definitively genetically linked) also common cause, rickets, oi and metaphyseal chondrodysplaisa are genetic disorders that can feature genu varum but all of these have other more obvious manifestations. ...Read more

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Scientists test for alleles that cause human genetic disorders by what method?

Scientists test for alleles that cause human genetic disorders by what method?

Molecular Methods: Identifying alleles associated with disease can be done by numerous different methods depending on the type of genetic alteration. Gene sequencing is often the gold standard. However, for disease caused by deletion or insertion of a segment of DNA, a technique called Fluoresense In Situ Hybridization is used. For detection of single base pair changes numerous different techniques can be used ...Read more

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Are there any genetic disorders that cause bow legs?

Are there any genetic disorders that cause bow legs?

Yes: The shape (alignment) of your legs are largely determined by your genes. The alignment varies among people, races, and ethnicities. Certain conditions such as blount's disease will cause significant bowing of the legs. If concerned, visit with a physician and obtain some long standing hip to ankle radiographs. ...Read more

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If the cysts grow in different areas. Is there a genetic disease that would cause this?

NF?: There are a number of genetic conditions that cause 'cysts' to grow in different parts of the body. One of the most common would be neurofibromatosis, nf-1. ...Read more

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Why is it most genetic disorders cause mental impairment?

Why is it most genetic disorders cause mental impairment?

Definition Dependant: Most inborn errors of metabolism cause mental retardation because toxic substances build up in the body and brain. If we consider that most diseases are caused by genetics then most genetic disorders do not cause mental retardation. I am not a geneticist but i think the answer to this question depends on how we define genetic conditions. Hope this helps - here are some links: http://bit.Ly/rkklwh. ...Read more

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Genetic disorders that can cause a person's intelligence to become underdeveloped?

Genetic disorders that can cause a person's intelligence to become underdeveloped?

Lots!: Generally, if you have fewer or more genes or chromosomes than you're supposed to have, intelligence may well be affected. Other genetic/metabolic diseases can damage the brain because of the toxic build up of by products from dysfunctional metabolism which the body may have difficulty disposing of. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are genetic disorders/ diseases that cause you to cough up blood?

Can you tell me if there are genetic disorders/ diseases that cause you to cough up blood?

Many: There are many that include blood vessel disorders and clotting issues among others. Best to consult with your physician and ask relatives about similar problems. ...Read more

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. Gary Stephens
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Stillbirth (Definition)

A stillbirth is a condition in which fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Most cases are due to unknown causes, but some possible causes include bacterial infection, genetic defects, recreational drug use by the mother, physical trauma, ...Read more