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Re: Is mental retardation exclusive to humans ???

Date: Mon Apr 15 16:04:27 2002
Posted By: Gabriel Vargas, Post-doc/Fellow, Neurosciences/Psychiatry
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 1018112878.Zo

Animals, because their basic cell biology and genetics are similar to
humans, are prone to similar diseases.  Thus animals can get genetic
diseases and have problems in development.  In humans mental retardation
can be caused by a variety of disorders including problems in chromosomal
separation as occurs in Down's syndrome and due to genetic conditions such
as Fragile X.  Since at the cellular level we are very similar to other
animals they are all prone to such problems and therefore would be expected
to have cases of mental retardation.

Hope this helps,
Gabriel Vargas, M.D. PhD


UC Davis Vet School Genetics Lab(they discuss genetic problems which can
lead to mental retardation in horses)

Principles of Medical Genetics
by Thomas D., Md. Gelehrter, Francis S., Md. Ph.D. Collins, Thomas F.
Gelehrter, David Ginsburg

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