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Can I develop autosomal recessive genetic disorders as an adult?

Yes, autosomal recessive genetic disorders run in families. A person has this type of disorder by inheriting it from their parents. In order for a person to have such a disorder, they must have two copies of the same abnormally mutated autosomal recessive gene.  These mutated copies came from their 'carrier' parents unknowingly gave to them. A carrier is someone how has one mutated copy of the gene and working copy of the gene.  The working copy of the gene makes enough of the necessary protein such that the person does not develop symptoms and they remain unaffected by the disorder.  The parents are usually unaware that that they are carriers until they have an affected child. 

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