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What does robertsonian translocation mean?

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Dr. Danae Steele
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
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A robertsonian translocation occurs when 2 chromosomes break and the longer pieces of both (which contain most of the important genetic material) fuse together. An individual with a robertsonian translocation can be completely normal, but have an increased risk of having a baby with down syndrome or other chromosome abnormality if the child inherits more than 2 copies of any part of a chromosome.

In brief: Rearrangement

A robertsonian translocation occurs when 2 chromosomes break and the longer pieces of both (which contain most of the important genetic material) fuse together. An individual with a robertsonian translocation can be completely normal, but have an increased risk of having a baby with down syndrome or other chromosome abnormality if the child inherits more than 2 copies of any part of a chromosome.
Dr. Danae Steele
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