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3.2 Some Compelling Case Studies

In the case of heritable cancer cases, researchers have been determining which specific inherited genes influence an individual’s predisposition to cancer. There are now several known genes that influence one’s risk of developing a specific type of cancer. Breast Cancer Generally, most breast cancer occurrences are somatic in nature rather than inherited. However, when talking […]

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3.1 Overview of Hereditary Cancers

Cancer is an inherently genetic disease. It’s caused by mutations in the genome that damage the normal function of cells – whether it be normal growth, regulation, or even cell death. Any mutation in these functions of cells often leads to the development of cancerous cells that divide rapidly, which then develop into large clumps

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2.1 Pedigree and Its Consequences

History Defines Us A pedigree is a family tree-type relationship chart that shows how a certain gene is passed down through generations within a single family. This type of chart shows the relationships between family members and illustrates which members are those who exhibit the trait being observed, those who do not, and those who

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The difference between hereditary diseases from other diseases

The difference between inherited diseases and other diseases stems from the inherent fact that inherited diseases are, well, inherited. These genes are able to be passed down through generations – specifically, gene mutations are able to be passed down through generations. While most other non-inherited diseases are caused by pathogenic organisms, lifestyle choices and other

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