Every person has 23 pairs of chromosomes in every cell. Chromosomes are long strings of DNA that get copied into proteins to make your body run. 22 of them are called autosomal chromosomes, which means that they are matched pairs. The remaining pair is the sex chromosome. Typically, females have 2 X chromosomes, while males [...]
If you type the word “ichthyosis” into your favorite search engine, the first page of results offers up a list of respected medical websites, charities and the long standing forum for families. And it turns out that when people are searching on Google for “ichthyosis”, almost half of the time they are looking for information [...]
Most rare types of ichthyosis are recessive. Recessive genes are genes that requires two copies, one from each parent, in order to make them show up. A person with only one copy of a recessive gene is called a carrier, and would have the same appearance as someone with two copies of the dominant version [...]
One of the most common questions that I see about ichthyosis is, “If I have another child, will he or she be affected, too?” The other winner in the common question derby is, “What kind of ichthyosis do I have?” Both questions ultimately come down to genetics.
So…what’s a gene?
A gene is a short [...]
La última semana, nos enteramos de algunas noticias acerca de ictiosis en un pueblo rural y montaña en México, Soledad Atzompa. Hay allí un increíble número de personas que se ven afectadas por ictiosis. Abunda la información al respecto y todos casos similares. Se informa similar situación en la comunidad de Nogales, a unos 14km [...]
Last week, we learned about several news articles about icthyosis in a tiny, rural mountain village in Mexico, Soledad Atzompa. There are an astounding number of affected people in a very small region. There are also several other articles regarding the situacion and all have similar information. There is more coverage about the town of [...]