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Can a disorder be autosmal dominant and multifactorial?

Multifactorial implies more than one pair of genetic alleles (alleles meaning different versions of one a flower which has a gene for color being either white or pink). One could have a syndrome where there is a dominant allele involved and other genes playing roles also. In fact many complex diseases...syndromes...are probably of this nature such as certain forms of arthritis, heart disease, diabetes etc.

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