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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.


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