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Practical Inheritance

Virginia P. Sybert

in Genetic Skin Disorders

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780195397666
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199975228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195397666.003.0001
Practical Inheritance

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Genetic disorders are unique among diseases in that they affect families and generations, not just individuals. In the diagnosis and discussion of an inherited disorder, the recurrence risk must always be included. Will it happen again? Who is at risk to inherit? What is the magnitude of that risk? How severely will the condition be manifested? The answers to these questions depend on the mode of inheritance and the penetrance and expression of the gene(s) for the disorder.

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