MadSci Network: Genetics

Re: If a child is adopted, is it listed in a pedigree?

Date: Tue Mar 22 12:17:34 2005
Posted By: Mark Sullivan, 2nd Year Internal Medicine Resident
Area of science: Genetics
ID: 1110917837.Ge

Hi Chris,
    The short answer is that an adopted child can be listed, however it 
has to be noted.  For genetic disorders it is the same.  Of course as you 
know then that inherited disorders in your family blood line does not 
extend to adopted individuals.  Often an adopted individual does not know 
his or her family history which can make things a little difficult 
sometimes.  Here is a website,
, with a huge amount of information regarding 
genetics, maybe even more than you bargained for.  Hope this helps,

Mark Sullivan


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