SCI 230 Week 4 - DQ 2 - 8017

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Choose a chromosomal disorder from the March of Dimes Foundation Web site.

 

. Post your response to the following:

 

o Identify the disorder and explain how it is expressed in a person and inherited.

o If you were the parent of a child with this disorder, with which question would you be

most concerned? How would you find the answer to your question?

 

o Discuss any personal experiences or news articles related to the disorder.

     I chose the Cri-du-chat syndrome chromosomal disorder.
    This disorder is caused by deletion of chromosome number 5. In an infant it is expressed by a high-pitched cat-like crying. Other features are mental retardation and physical abnormalities.
    As a parent of a child with this disorder I would be most concerned with my child’s longevity. What would their life expectancy be? I would also be concerned with what type of life could they expect to have as they grew older. I would talk to specialist who deals with children who have this disorder. I would also try to find support groups for families with children having this disorder. I would also conduct my own research on the internet researching case studies and medical journals dealing with this.
     Researchers state that children with Cri-du-chat syndrome can lead “happy and fulfilling lives as valued members of their families and communities.” (cri-du-chat support group of Australia) There can be different degrees from mild to severe depending on how much of chromosome number 5 is missing.

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Choose a chromosomal disorder from the March of Dimes Foundation Web site.