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Inheritance and Genetics of Burkitt's lymphoma

Burkitt's lymphoma: Genetics Information

Genetics of Burkitt's lymphoma: Burkitt lymphoma results from chromosome translocations that involve the Myc gene. A chromosome translocation means that a chromosome is broken, which allows it to associate with parts of other chromosomes. The classic chromosome translocation in Burkitt lymophoma involves chromosome 8, the site of the Myc gene. This changes the pattern of Myc's expression, thereby disrupting its usual function in controlling cell growth and proliferation. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

About inheritance and genetics:

Inheritance of Burkitt's lymphoma refers to whether the condition is inherited from your parents or "runs" in families. The level of inheritance of a condition depends on how important genetics are to the disease. Strongly genetic diseases are usually inherited, partially genetic diseases are sometimes inherited, and non-genetic diseases are not inherited. For general information, see Introduction to Genetics.

 

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