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What are autosomal recessive diseases?

Sanjay Krishnan
Sanjay Krishnan on behalf of MDLIVE
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Autosomal recessive diseases refer to diseases that have a known genetic predisposition for a disease. We receive half our genetic makeup from each parent. If both parents carry the gene for a disease and pass it on to their children, there is the potential for a child who receives the gene from both parents, exhibiting that disease. Autosomal refers to the fact that the gene for a disease is not linked to the sex chromosomes which determines the sex of each person.

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