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Why is it most genetic disorders cause mental impairment?

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Dr. Michael Opsahl
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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