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Solution: Huntington's disease, which causes degeneration of neurons, runs in Maria's family. Huntington's is a heritable autosomal dominant genetic disease. Family members that have the disease include Maria's paternal grandmother and Maria's paternal uncles. Maria's paternal grandfather does not have the disease.Because symptoms of Huntington's disease do not appear until later in life, genetic testing is necessary to determine whether a younger individual possesses the allele for the disease. These tests determined that Maria's father does not carry the allele for Huntington's disease.Maria's maternal uncle suggested that Maria create a pedigree to track the disease in her family. Use the symbols provided to complete the pedigree.

Problem

Huntington's disease, which causes degeneration of neurons, runs in Maria's family. Huntington's is a heritable autosomal dominant genetic disease. Family members that have the disease include Maria's paternal grandmother and Maria's paternal uncles. Maria's paternal grandfather does not have the disease.

Because symptoms of Huntington's disease do not appear until later in life, genetic testing is necessary to determine whether a younger individual possesses the allele for the disease. These tests determined that Maria's father does not carry the allele for Huntington's disease.

Maria's maternal uncle suggested that Maria create a pedigree to track the disease in her family. Use the symbols provided to complete the pedigree.

Solution

The construction of the pedigree is quite straightforward. Her father, who has two other siblings go to the left side of the figure. 

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