07 September 2009

The Founder Effect and New Mexican Hispanics

Today's Albuquerque Journal has an article about a certain founder effect that is found in Hispanic families from Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado's San Luis Valley. The illness is recombinant 8 syndrome, a genetic disease that causes mental retardation and internal deformations and defects.

A "founder effect" is a genetic mutation passed on through the descendants of a small population that intermarries. For example, founder effects are prevalent in Spanish New Mexico and French Quebec due to the small amount of families that settled those areas in their early histories.

Other founder effects mentioned in the article include OPMD, a type of muscular dystrophy, and cavernous cranial malformation, a type of brain defect. To read more about this disease, click on the link below:


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shashank said...

Here is a link to more information about the genetics of Recombinant 8 Syndrome that was prepared by our genetic counselor and which has links to some useful resources for those dealing with this condition: http://www.accessdna.com/condition/Recombinant_8_Syndrome/771. There is also a phone number listed if you need to speak to a genetic counselor by phone. I hope it helps. Thanks, AccessDNA