Neurofibromatosis: Background information when reading Gemini

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Gemini

by Carol Cassella

Gemini
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    Mar 2014, 352 pages
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    Mar 2015, 352 pages

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Neurofibromatosis

Nature, in all its astounding wisdom, has graced the planet, specifically human beings, with millions of options when it comes to heritable genetic conditions. It is always exciting for expectant parents to anticipate whether their offspring will be the gleeful recipient of Mum's freckles or great-granddad's aquiline profile. On balance is the potential to pass on the not-so-delightful options such as Dad's thirst for the hard stuff or worse, a condition such as neurofibromatosis.

Neurofibromatosis (NF) causes excessive unchecked tissue growth around a body's nerves. It primarily affects the brain, spine, nerves and skin but can affect other areas of the body as well. This unchecked tissue growth can result in benign tumors that, depending on their location and size, can be either painlessly tolerated or surgically removed. It is a genetic condition that is usually caused by a mutation of the NF1* gene in chromosome 17. About half of cases are inherited - if one ...

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