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How can I tell if im a carrier for albinism?

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David Miller
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In brief: Pedigree analysis

Albinism is a recessive trait, meaning that it entails the loss of a function and you must have two copies of the gene to see it.
The way to know if you are a carrier is to examine your ancestors and see if there is a history of albinism in a direct ancestor. There are also genetic tests available. A genetic counselor can help if this is a major concern for you.

In brief: Pedigree analysis

Albinism is a recessive trait, meaning that it entails the loss of a function and you must have two copies of the gene to see it.
The way to know if you are a carrier is to examine your ancestors and see if there is a history of albinism in a direct ancestor. There are also genetic tests available. A genetic counselor can help if this is a major concern for you.
David Miller
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