Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Genetics for the non-science person

Those of us with Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome, Chediak-Higashi Syndrome, or any of the more common types of albinism often have a lot of questions about genetics and how genes work. The American Society of Human Genetics has some educational materials on their Web site that are written in very basic, easy-to-understand language. It's not an explanation of albinism - but more an overview of genetics. If you keep in mind that most forms of albinism are autosomal recessive (a recessive gene carried by both parents), you can start to put it together. (Just for anyone happening on this from the general albinism community, there is a form of ocular albinism that is x-linked.) Check it out here: http://www.ashg.org/education/everyone_1.shtml

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