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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.

Patient discussion about inherit

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 next Oregon AD will inherit a large stable of successful, competitive athletic teams.
The next Oregon AD will inherit the support of a dedicated and enthusiastic alumni donor base.
Along with a big-ticket budget and an understanding that the athletics department must continue to be self-supporting, the next Oregon AD will inherit an intense and unrelenting pressure to field winning teams that keep stadium seats filled and donors blissful.
Example 10: J inherits the family farm from her father, F, who had inherited it from his father (i.
A person who inherits one flawed copy of such a gene remains healthy but can pass the mutant gene on to his or her children.
So if a male coffee berry borer inherits a resistance gene from his mother, all of his offspring will have a copy of it, explains coauthor Jeff Stuart of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
If a diploid female inherits a resistance gene from her father, a susceptible gene from her mother, and then mates with a diploid male with two resistance genes, half of her progeny will have both resistant and susceptible genes and the other half will have only the resistance genes, says Stuart.
Such a child inherits a flawed gene from one parent and a healthy gene from the other parent.
At the same time, the parents say, they will abort any fetus that does not inherit one copy of the mutant gene.
Each person inherits a genetic blueprint for a distinctive mix of HLA proteins.
At the time of her daughter's birth, scientists didn't really think of Hirschsprung's disease as a classic genetic disorder, in which a person inherits a bad gene and gets the disease.
On the other hand, the new findings may eventually lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatment for those who inherit this disorder.