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v. inher·ited, inher·iting, inher·its
Biology To receive (a characteristic) from a parent or ancestor by genetic transmission.

in·her′i·tor n.
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Q. Is Autism hereditary? My 3 year old son has been diagnosed with autism last year. I am now pregnant with my second child and am scared that he will too have autism.

A. There is a higher chance that your additional children will have autism too, however its not a given. Be more alert and notice any early signs that your child may develop.

Q. Is Leukemia hereditary? My Grandpa died of Leukemia when he was 50. I am worried that it might be hereditary. Is it?

A. Overall leukemia is not hereditary but there are rare reports of family clusters, that is, more than one case in a family. Therefore, you should consult your Doctor and tell him about your family's medical history.

Q. Is migraine hereditary? If both my parents suffer from migraines does it mean I can't avoid it?

A. Yes, migraines do have a very strong genetic correlation. However, it does not mean that if both your parents have it, you will have it too for 100%. It means only that you have a much higher risk than the regular population, that does not have migraines in their family, to suffer from this condition.

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The leadership of a splinter group of the Luo Council of Elders wants the wife of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth, Monica, inherited according to the community's traditions.The group's chairman, Nyandiko Ongadi, this will fulfil Luo cultural wishes after the death of the MP.
One of these potential questions involves the possibility of rolling inherited retirement funds into an inherited Roth IRA in order to maximize tax-free income options in the future.
A beneficiary who earns $35,000 a year and inherits $85,000 in 401(k) money could find himself paying income tax of 25% rather than 15%.
Along with a winning tradition and fantastic facilities, the next athletic director inherits a department that is increasingly under scrutiny by its own faculty and other institutions for its athletics expenditures - from high-tech locker rooms to cutting edge uniforms to billboards in Manhattan.
For example, each cancer cell in a spreading tumor inherits the same epigenetic mishaps as did the cell that originally spurred the disease.
* Whether one child inherits the gene has no bearing on whether others will.
* If there are surviving children, the spouse inherits one-half of the estate and the children inherit the remaining half.
For example: An individual inherits a property with a fair market value of $10 million from a decedent with a basis of zero.
Nearly everyone who inherits a susceptibility to FMEN1 will develop overactive parathyroid glands (hyperparathyroidism) by age 50, but the disorder can often be detected before age 20.
There are two types of evidence that make scientists think susceptibility to multiple sclerosis depends on the genes a person inherits. The first comes from studies of populations: people from different ethnic groups have different tendencies to develop multiple sclerosis.
As each mother cell splits down the middle, each offspring inherits one end-structure, or pole, and develops a new one.