Genetic Carrier - definition

Genetic Carrier - definition

Genetic Carrier - an individual whose GENOTYPE contains a recessive GENE MUTATION capable of causing a genetic disorder though the individual does not have or show symptoms of the disorder the mutation causes. Typically a genetic CARRIER has one “good” gene and one mutated gene. A genetic carrier may pass on the mutated gene to his or her biological children, though typically two mutated genes are necessary for the child to acquire the genetic disorder.

See also CELL FUNCTION AND STRUCTURE; GENETIC DISORDERS; GENETIC SCREENING; GENETIC TESTING; INHERITANCE PATTERNS.

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