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A Short Discourse On Down Syndrome

October 12th, 2022
All cells in your body contain genes, which are made up of DNA, the molecule that holds the instructions for how your body grows, works and looks. Genes are contained in tiny, spaghetti-like structures called chromosomes inside the cell’s nucleus. Typically, there are 46 chromosomes in each cell, 23 that are passed on from your mother and 23 from your father. A baby born with Down syndrome has an extra copy of a specific chromosome: chromosome 21. This extra genetic…