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Single-gene and chromosome disorders

To mark World Down’s Syndrome Day (21 March), this week’s pick explores conditions that have genetic causes. Some conditions can be caused by mutations in the DNA, whereas others are caused by larger changes in the chromosomes – such as Down’s syndrome, which is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21.

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