Name: Joyce Most
What can you tell me about Fragile X?
There have been some excellent articles on Fragile X, although I
cannot remember where they are. However, fragile x is a chromosomal
abnormality in which the X chromosome has one part missing. Fragile X has
a host of physical "symptoms" for lack of a better word. These include an
elongated face and large ears. There are some more serious physical
consequences, but I cannot remember them as they have only recently been
attributed to Fragile X. However, people who have fragile X can be only
mildly affected or extremely affected. In addition, those with fragile
x exhibit an inability to cope with their environment, and are often in
need in psychiatric care due to depression. In some cases, a less than
normal intelligence has been attributed to fragile x. It is inherited,
and may become worse in successive generations. Look in your library in
the periodical index, and you should find some excellent references in the
secondary literature (i.e. Discover, Scientific American).
I hope that you will look further, as there are other important points
about Fragile X that are too complicated to go into here.
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