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What is an autosomal recessive condition?

In an autosomal recessive condition there is a mutation in both copies of a gene (the basic units of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) that provide instructions to our body). In assessing risk to future generations for a recessive disorder the genetic status of both parents is important. A person affected with a recessive condition will pass on a mutated copy of the gene 100% of the time because both copies of his/her gene carry a mutation; therefore, all of these individuals' offspring will inherit a mutation. If the other parent is unaffected there is no chance to have an affected child but all children will be carriers of that condition. In most cases a carrier is clinically unaffected. However, a carrier can pass on the gene carrying the mutation to his/her children.

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Do autosomal recessive genetic disorders run in families?
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Yes, autosomal recessive genetic disorders run in families. The only way to have an autosomal recess...
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Can autosomal recessive genetic disorders be prevented?
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The only way to prevent autosomal recessive genetic disorders is to not have a child affected with t...
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What is the chance of having a child with an autosomal recessive condition?
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In an autosomal recessive condition there is a mutation in both copies of a gene (the basic unit...
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How long do autosomal recessive genetic disorders last?
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