Inherited Traits & Mutations

  • Studying Human Inheritance: Twin Studies

    Twin studies are an often used method to study human heritability. The notion of concordance allows to distinguish between genetic and environmental influences on a trait. Read more here.
    By Finn Orfano December 7, 2010 

  • What is Williams Syndrome?

    Williams syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by a range of health and mental problems such as learning disabilities, cardiovascular issues, and unique personality traits. It is caused by a deletion of parts of the long arm of chromosome...
    By Paul Arnold December 4, 2010 

  • What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome?

    Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is the collective term for a number of inherited genetic disorders that affect connective tissue. This tissue supports many body parts, and the problems are caused by defects in the synthesis of the protein collagen. Find out more...
    By Paul Arnold December 2, 2010 


  • The Best Cure for Stretch Marks: Your Genes

    Stretch marks are thin pieces of stretched skin. They are a common form of scarring created when the middle layer of the skin expands faster than the inner layer. Supermarket shelves are stacked with stretch mark creams and treatments, but many individuals...
    By Paul Arnold December 2, 2010 

  • Analyzing Pedigrees to Understand the Patterns of Inheritance in Humans

    One way to study human inheritance often used by geneticists, is to analyze pedigrees. Through such analysis, several types of traits can be identified.
    By Finn Orfano November 29, 2010 

  • A Primer On Primary Carnitine Deficiency

    Primary carnitine deficiency is an inherited condition that is characterized by the body's reduced ability to convert fats into energy. Symptoms of this condition are severe and even can be fatal. Read on to learn about this disorder and its underlying...
    By bjlbyron November 24, 2010 


  • A Primer On Vitelliform Macular Dystrophy

    Vitelliform macular dystrophy is a rare genetic disorder that leads to progressive vision loss and sometimes even almost total blindness. Read on to learn about this inherited disorder and its underlying genetic causes.
    By bjlbyron November 24, 2010 

  • A Guide To Isovaleric Acidemia

    Isovaleric acidemia is a genetic disorder that prevents the body from properly breaking down ingested proteins. Read on to learn about the life-threatening symptoms that individuals who have this condition sometimes experience and what is known about...
    By bjlbyron November 17, 2010 

  • A Summary Of Norrie Disease

    Norrie Disease is a genetic disorder that causes blindness,predominantly in males who are inflicted with it at or near the time of birth. This article describes this rare genetic condition and its underlying genetic cause.
    By bjlbyron November 17, 2010 

  • All About Harlequin Ichthyosis

    Harlequin ichthyosis is an inherited skin disorder that is often lethal and always very debilitating. Read on to learn more about this rare genetic condition and its underlying genetic cause.
    By bjlbyron November 10, 2010 
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