Genetic Condition

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Definition: a condition caused by a change in a gene. Genetic conditions may be hereditary or acquired. When a change in a gene is passed from parents to offspring, the change is hereditary. When a change in a gene occurs after conception, it is acquired. Acquired changes are not passed to offspring, and thus are not hereditary. Acquired changes may occur at random or result from environmental influences, such as pollutants.

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