Inherited Recessive DisordersKathy Atkinson and Heather ChristensenMay 19, 2011

Sickle Cell Anemia and Fragile X Syndrome are both recessive, inherited disorders. Sickle Cell Anemia is an autosomal recessive inherited disorder and Fragile X Syndrome is a trinucleotide repeat disorder that occurs on the X chromosome. Sickle Cell Anemia is a missense mutation and Fragile X Syndrome is a trinucleotide repeat disorder, which means that there is an excessive number of a CGG repeast on the 5' end of the X chromosome. These two examples show that inheritance is not just specific genes or phenotypes inherited to their offspring. Inheritance can also include a disease that can cause extreme pain in an individual's life and a disorder that can inhibit a child's future.

It is misconception among family members that when a child is created, you only pass on genes and looks. However, what is overlooked is diseases or disorders you wouldn't know you carried, until your child has it. Our goal is to show that having a child might be more complex than anticipated. You never know what your child will be like until they are born, and your world might turn upside down.

Fragile X Syndrome
Sickle Cell Anemia