Our genetic code is not without a number of mutations. We are either born with them or acquire them during life. While most are benign others can cause disease and genetic disorders. This guide explores the genetic underpinnings of many medical disorders.
Inherited Traits, Mutations, DNA & Genes
Ever wonder where you got your blue eyes or red hair? What DNA traits dictate freckles or dimples? Read all about your inherited traits, DNA and genes as well as fascinating articles on mutations and mutated chromosomes.
Cuba is one of the world’s healthiest nations. Unfortunately, however, despite this overall good health, Cubans are not immune from suffering from genetic conditions. This article reviews prevalent genetic abnormalities in Cuban people and also highlights Cuba’s National Genetics Program.
Dent’s disease is a rare kidney disorder that is genetically inherited and causes a number of problems in affected individuals, including increased incidence of kidney stones and sometimes even renal failure. This article provides a review of the gene mutations in Dent’s disease.
The genetic traits of the indigenous Mayan people are very distinctive and these characteristics can be observed in almost all of population. Therefore, the indigenous Maya genetic traits are of great interest to clinical researchers and genetic engineers.
Missing ear cartilage or scientifically termed as microtia is one of the top ear deformities among newborn infants. In most cases, the genetics of ear cartilage plays a significant part. This information will take a closer look at the missing ear cartilage genetic influence on such occurrences.
Genetics can affect the patterns of human hair growth. In this article, the genetic patterns of hair growth and the occurrence of patterned hair loss, scientifically known as androgenetic alopecia, are closely evaluated.
In this article, the genetics of male patterned baldness is discussed.
Chromosomal disorders are rare but devastating. What two chromosomal errors are the worst? This article will outline the two which are the most injurious, and oftentimes fatal, to individuals.
There are 23 pairs of chromosomes in humans. When one is damaged or missing a genetic disorder will occur.
Adoption studies are often used to understand human inheritance mechanisms, allowing researchers to separate genetic and environmental effects. This article discusses how these studies are performed and gives two examples.
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.
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.
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 genetic cause.
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia is a disorder that leads to abnormal development of the blood vessels. People who suffer from this condition are prone to bleeding, sometimes which can be life-threatening. Read on to learn more about this serious condition and its underlying genetic causes.
Sandhoff Disease is an inherited disorder of the central nervous system that often results in death in infancy or early childhood. This article describes both this condition and its underlying genetic cause.
Tyrosinemia is a genetic disorder that has three forms. In each form, symptoms can become serious if left untreated. Read on to learn about this inherited condition and its interesting underlying genetic causes.
Ellis-van Creveld syndrome is a rare genetic disorder which causes dwarfism and bone problems, among other developmental defects. Read on to learn more about this condition and its underlying genetic cause.
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.
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 its underlying genetic cause.