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Brandon Baker HD101.007 Nancy Stinnett 20 March 2007 Web-Site Assignment #2 Down Syndrome Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delays in physical and intellectual development. It occurs in approximately one in every 800 live births. Individuals with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. It is the most frequently occurring chromosomal disorder. A baby who is born with Down syndrome is usually diagnosed at birth by visible birth defects but must be confirmed by a karyotype, which counts the number of chromosomes in the body. Down syndrome is caused by an error in cell division called nondisjunction, but there is no known reason for why. However, it is know that the problem occurs at
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Unformatted text preview: conception and not by anything the mother does during the pregnancy. The rate of Down syndrome increases with the age of the mother but eighty percent of occurrences happen from mothers under thirty five years of age. Children with Down syndrome are more susceptible to illness than a child without at. However, it needs to be said that these children are more like normal children than they are different. It is quite possible for people born with this disease to live normal lives if the proper precautions and treatments are administered. The average life expectancy is fifty five years old but it is very common for people with Down syndrome to live past that....
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