ERIC Number: ED425554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Genetic Causes of Mental Retardation. ARC Q&A #101-50.
Arc, Arlington, TX.
This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to summarize what is known about the genetic causes of mental retardation. Questions and answers address the following topics: what genetics is; how a person's genes can cause mental retardation; how often mental retardation is inherited (up to 60 percent of severe mental retardation has genetic causes); causes of genetic disorders (chromosomal disorders, single-gene disorders, and multifactorial disorders); how genetic disorders are inherited (dominant inheritance, recessive inheritance, and X-linked or sex-linked inheritance); and the possibilities of using gene therapy to treat genetic disorders causing mental retardation. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Congenital Impairments, Etiology, Genetics, Heredity, Incidence, Mental Retardation, Prevention, Severe Mental Retardation, Therapy
Arc National Headquarters, 500 E. Border St., S-300, Arlington, TX 76010; Tel:: 817-261-6003; TDD: 817-277-0553.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Arc, Arlington, TX.