Dermoodontodysplasia is believed to be an inherited disorder that is passed down in families. Dermoodontodysplasia is a form of ectodermal dysplasia, a group of disorders that affect the outer layer of a developing embryo. This layer, called the ectoderm, develops into the skin, hair, nails, teeth, and eyes. In this disorder, the skin and teeth are specifically affected.
It is not yet known whether dermoodontodysplasia can be inherited as a recessive or dominant trait. Individuals receive two copies of most genes, one from the mother and one from the father. For a dominant disorder to appear, only one copy of the defective gene is necessary. To inherit a recessive disorder, a person must inherit two copies of the defective gene, one from each parent. Individuals who inherit only one copy of a defective gene generally have no symptoms and are called "carriers" because they can pass the disorder to their children.
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