Question about genes

What does it mean,
when doctors find a gene in someone that science have never seen before.
And, if it’s in the mother, does the child have it too?
Perhaps the whole family?

It this usual, to find an unknown gene?

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3 Responses to “Question about genes”


  1. 1 Mrdeadworry October 23, 2006 at 12:18 am

    It is not all that uncommon for new genes to be found but it is in the context of finding out what the expression of that gene does. How the gene is passed on is determined by wether or not the gene is recessive or dominant. In a recessive it is usally customary for both parents to have the gene and that gene shows up in the offspring. If only one has it then it will not show in the offspring. If it is a dominate gene and only one parent has that gene it will still express itself. This is a very simplistict explanation. You could look it up on wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_expression

  2. 2 bodicea October 23, 2006 at 3:56 am

    Usually, the child would most likely have it as well. Maybe not the whole family tho. The father might not have it.

    Hopefully it’s nothing bad. Hopefully it’s got superpowers or something.

  3. 3 solelyshe October 23, 2006 at 11:36 am

    Great explanation mrdeadworry. Will look it up. Thanks.


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