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A neighbor child has SMA (spinal muscular atrophy). Is this a genetic disease?

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Dr. Thomas Seck
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In brief: Yes

It's an autosomal recessive disease.
That means that it takes a copy of the defective gene from each parent. Most of the time the parents of a child with sma are carriers, meaning they only have one copy of the defective gene. It is not contagious.

In brief: Yes

It's an autosomal recessive disease.
That means that it takes a copy of the defective gene from each parent. Most of the time the parents of a child with sma are carriers, meaning they only have one copy of the defective gene. It is not contagious.
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