Disorders - Dominant and Multifactorial?
Name: Meghan Lauren S.
Can a disorder be autosmal dominant and multifactorial?
Multifactorial implies more than one pair of genetic alleles (alleles
meaning different versions of one gene...like a flower which has a gene for
color being either white or pink). One could have a syndrome where there is
a dominant allele involved and other genes playing roles also. In fact many
complex diseases...syndromes...are probably of this nature such as certain
forms of arthritis, heart disease, diabetes etc.
Peter Faletra Ph.D.
Office of Science
Department of Energy
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