Inheritance and Genetics of Fetal alcohol syndrome
Racial Patterns for Fetal alcohol syndrome:
Racial Information for Fetal alcohol syndrome: The incidence varies as follows per 10,000 total births: Asians
0.3, Hispanics 0.8, Whites 0.9, Blacks 6.0, and Native Americans 29.9. The
incidence among Native Americans varies among different tribes. Several
factors, including cultural influences, patterns of alcohol consumption,
nutrition, and metabolic differences may play a role. Even when adjusted
for these factors, the incidence for Blacks remains seven times higher
than for Whites, suggesting the potential of a genetic susceptibility to
FAS. (Source: excerpt from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: NWHIC)
About inheritance and genetics:
Inheritance of Fetal alcohol syndrome 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.