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Nondisjunction. A. Failure to separate homologous chromosomes during Meiosis. 1. nondisjunction leads to aneuploidy. 2. nondisjunction of autosomal chromosomes:. a. monosomics. 2. nondisjunction of autosomal chromosomes:. b. trisomics. if one of the 5 smaller ones, somewhat viable.

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Nondisjunction

A. Failure to separate homologous chromosomes during Meiosis

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Mutations

A. Random changes in genes

1. rare

2. usually recessive

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B. Hemophilia

- loss of any of 12 clotting proteins (genes)

1. recessive

2. 2 important clotting genes are sex-linked

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C. Sickle-cell disease (anemia)

1. caused by defective hemoglobin

mutation of one allele causes a single amino acid change

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C. Sickle-cell disease (anemia)

2. those homozygous for the sickle-cell allele will have the disease

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C. Sickle-cell disease (anemia)

3. those heterozygous are basically normal

pleiotropy: when a gene produces multiple effects

advantage in resisting malaria

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D. Tay-Sachs

1. caused by a recessive allele

2. leads to deterioration of the nervous system (8 months)

3. increased incidence in certain populations

certain Jewish populations

in U.S. : 1 in 27 people of Jewish descent carriers

1 in 250 in general population

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Dominant disorders:

Huntington’s disease

Achondroplasia

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Blood tests:

1. alpha-fetoprotein (AFP)

high in neural tube defect

low in Down syndrome

2. triple screen (now quad screen)

- can even indicate trisomy 18 risk

3. these tests are not diagnostic, only reflective of risk