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Question Set 6 1. From what you read in these two selections is autism polygenic? Multifactorial? I would say that autism is polygenic because based on the two articles given it is more than one gene that is involved in causing autism. The X chromosome is obviously involved because autism is four times more common in boys than in girls. I would say that autism is also multifactorial, because based on the two articles given autism is inhibited very early in life, so early on the kind of environment the kid is in is quite important. 2. What does the article mean when it says “a second X chromosome could compensate for any genetic abnormality”? How would it compensate? It means that boys are more prone to genetic disorders due to having only one X chromosome. Females have two, or “a second X chromosome to compensate for any genetic abnormality.” Males do not have this luxury therefore more males are prone to abnormalities than females. 3.
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2008 for the course EBIO 1210 taught by Professor Demmig-adam during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.

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