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Do autosomal recessive genetic disorders run in families?

Yes, autosomal recessive genetic disorders run in families. The only way to have an autosomal recessive genetic disorder is to inherit it from your parents. In order for a person to have such a disorder, they must have two copies of the same abnormally mutated autosomal recessive gene. Most of the time, parents will each pass one mutated copy of the gene to their child without even knowing that they are carriers of the disorder. A carrier is someone who only has one affected copy of the gene and therefore is not actually affected by the disorder.

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