Heredity and Genetics

Your Assignment

When you go to a physician for the first time, they always get a record of your family history. They find out who in your family had cancer, heart disease, asthma etc. Why do they do this? It turns out, some diseases have a heredity component, meaning that if your parents have a specific disease, they pass down genes to you that make you more likely to develop the same disease. Today, you will be playing the role of the doctor.


Medical Histories

Below are sample medical histories from patients that have been presented to you. Their symptoms are listed, as well as their family history and lifestyle trends. Use their data, as well as disease rates from your surrounding area to reach a diagnosis of the patient. You will complete the Medical Consultation form on the next page when you have studied the medical record. Be sure to find an accurate diagnosis, because it can be fatal to the patient if you are incorrect.

Heredity and Genetics Assignment

Case Record #1

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Case Record #2

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Case Record #3

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Case Record #4

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