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What is the definition or description of: heredity?

What is the definition or description of: heredity?

Genetic Traits: Heredity refers to characteristics that are passed from one generation to the next via dna, a molecule that encodes genetic information. Some inherited traits carry no clinical consequence (eye color, hair color, etc.). However, many disease states have a genetic basis where one, or both, parents contribute a defective gene that predisposes to a medical condition. ...Read more

Heredity (Definition)

Heredity refers to characteristics that are passed from one generation to the next via dna, a molecule that encodes genetic information. Some inherited traits carry no clinical consequence (eye color, hair color, etc.). However, many disease states have a genetic basis where one, or both, parents contribute a defective gene that predisposes ...Read more


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Can you tell me if that disease is caused more by heredity or by environmental factors?

Can you tell me if that disease is caused more by heredity or by environmental factors?

Disease hereditary?: Which disease are you referring to? Please be specific. Many diseases are heretable, and yet may depend upon environmental factors to actually be expressed or manifested. ...Read more

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Is anxiety --> heredity ?

Is anxiety --> heredity ?

In some ways, yes: In many cases, anxiety does have a genetic component -- plus anxious parents can teach their children that the world is a dangerous place. Please know that this does not genetically doom you to a life of anxiety. The new science of epigenetics shows that environment -- including diet & lifestyle -- can change the way our genes express. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/epigenetics.html. ...Read more

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Are allergies heredity?

Are allergies heredity?

Is a strict sense no: Allergies do travel in families but the genetics and heritability of allergies is very complex. With two allergic parents, it is a 50/50 chance that a child would be allergic. What is passed on is the ability to be allergic not a specific allergy or a specific manifestation of allergy. ...Read more

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Meniere and pendred. Are they 100% heredity?

Nothing is 100%: Unless you have a diagnosis of pendred syndrome, don't worry about it. Meniere's disease is not hereditary. ...Read more

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Is alopecia heredity ? Thanks

Is alopecia heredity ? Thanks

Can be: Please see dermatologist for evaluation. There are many causes of hair loss. ...Read more

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What is recessive vs dominant heredity?

What is recessive vs dominant heredity?

Mendellian genetics: In mendellian genetics, you inherit half your genes from your mom & half from your dad. Each of these genes can then be either recessive or dominant. Dominant genes only require one copy from either mom or dad to make trait apparent. Recessive genes require one copy from both mom & dad to make trait apparent. Carrier is person w/one copy of recessive gene (from either mom or dad). ...Read more

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Is the guillainbarr syndrome (gbs) heredity?

NO : It is the result of an autoantibody to the cells making the myelin on the peripheral nerves. Myelin is necessary for the rapid transfer of neurological impulses. ...Read more

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What type diseases can be passed down by heredity?

What type diseases can be passed down by heredity?

Many possibilities: Most diseases are too complicated to be explained by simple mendellian genetics. However, family physicians ask about your family history looking for diseases that "run in the family" since various cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, dementia, addiction, etc have some basis in genetics & heredity. We can also test for some chromosomal conditions prior to birth via amniocentesis, etc. ...Read more

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Is there any way to stop heredity hairfall problem?

Is there any way to stop heredity hairfall problem?

Not unless: you can change your parents and the genetic material you inherited, You can, however, do thing to lessen nonhereditary hair loss, Talk w/your doctor ...Read more