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Is Spina Bifida inheritable?

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Robokid
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Is Spina Bifida inheritable?
Written on: 28/03/2010 [17:57]
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Ashley
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Hi
Spina Bifida (split spine) is definitely not inheritable. In the past, there were domestic clustering but was more due to malnutrition and had nothing to do with genes. Today, it is known that Spina Bifida is caused by a folic acid deficiency. Folic acid deficiency during pregnancy can cause abnormality of development of the neural tube of the embryo. The tube doesn’t merge and the spine stays open. The consequence is paraplegia from birth. In Germany, all pregnant women are given folic acid. Since then, the occurrence of Spina Bifida has dras-tically gone down. In the beginning of my time as a nurse, we had one birth a month at least with this defect. In the last 15 years of working as a nurse, I can’t remember any case of Spina Bifida in Germany with women who took folic acid. Most wholemeal contain folic adic.
Greetings,
Karin
Written on: 29/03/2010 [18:22]
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Jason
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The centre for body disabilities in Würzburg, Germany, writes that inherency could not be proved. But it can happen that in some families several children are af-fected.
Greetings
Written on: 30/03/2010 [18:47]
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