First, you will need to write a 200-300 word post exploring a human genetic disease or disorder of your choice. In your post you will need to address the following:
- A description of what the disease/disorder entails (symptoms, outcomes, etc.)
- A synopsis of what is known about the genetic basis and heritability of this disease/disorder
- A correctly formatted citation (or citations) that indicate where you obtained your information
For example, using Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) as an example, you would discuss that it is a chromosomal disorder resulting from aneuploidy; individuals with Down Syndrome have 3 copies of chromosome 21. Trisomy 21 is caused by nondisjunction during meiosis with the majority of cases of born to parents that did not have the disorder. Down Syndrome can be heritable, though it is rare. While most males with the disorder are infertile, women who become pregnant have a 30-50% chance of delivering a child that also has Down Syndrome.
Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, April 6). Facts about down syndrome. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/downsyndrome.html (Links to an external site.).
Refer to the Discussion: Expectations and Guidelines page for what constitutes good sources and how to write a citation.
There is no repeating diseases/disorders (so no two students should cover the same material, nor should any post cover Trisomy 21). Your post must be written in your own words – do not copy-paste descriptions of diseases from websites. This constitutes plagiarism, is a violation of the academic honesty policy, and will be dealt with accordingly.
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