Lister Hill National Center for Biomedic: Help Me Understand Genetics: Inheriting Genetic Conditions

Help Me Understand Genetics: Inheriting Genetic Conditions



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Author: Lister Hill National Center for Biomedic
Number of Pages: 30 pages
Published Date: 04 Apr 2017
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Country: United States
Language: English
ISBN: 9781545402016
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A particular disorder might be described as "running in a family" if more than one person in the family has the condition. Some disorders that affect multiple family members are caused by gene mutations, which can be inherited (passed down from parent to child). Other conditions that appear to run in families are not caused by mutations in single genes. Instead, environmental factors such as dietary habits or a combination of genetic and environmental factors are responsible for these disorders. It is not always easy to determine whether a condition in a family is inherited. A genetics professional can use a person's family history (a record of health information about a person's immediate and extended family) to help determine whether a disorder has a genetic component. He or she will ask about the health of people from several generations of the family, usually first-, second-, and third degree relatives.