Clouds, May 2010

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

are you an eXpert?

In recent weeks people within the fragile x community have been hosting, contributing, and/or participating in fundraisers, walks, & other events, to let people know about fragile x during Fragile X Awareness month!

As July is soon to come to a close, I wonder... would YOU be able to answer this question:

What is fragile x?

There is a big difference between being able to answer this, & simply knowing someone who has fragile x.

If you are not confident that you can explain fragile x, & you're willing to admit it :) I hope you agree to quiz yourself.

Fragile x syndrome is:

genetic   b. caused by autism   c. both a & b

In total, there are ____ fragile x- associated disorders.

a. One   b. Two   c. Three   d. Four

3. National Fragile X Awareness Day is on:

July 1st   b. July 11th   c. July 12th  d. July 22nd

4. When it comes to fragile x, a person is either a carrier of the gene or they have the mutation. What are the chances of an affected female passing on fragile x to her children?

1 in every 4   b. 50% chance with each pregnancy  
depends on the sex of the child   d. it is randomly passed

5. Fathers who carry the fragile x gene in premutation form will:

only pass it on if the mother is a carrier, too
only pass it on to their son(s) but not their daughter(s)
only pass it on to their daughter(s) but not their son(s)

It is possible for the fragile X premutation to be passed silently within a family, for generations, before a child is born with the syndrome.

This statement is true as-is
True, but only in families of a certain ethnicity
Partially false-- the inheritance can only skip one generation  
This statement is completely false

So, how did you do?

1. The answer is A. Fragile X syndrome is genetic. Fragile X syndrome is not caused by autism. However, fragile x syndrome is the most common known cause of autism.

2. The answer is C. In total, there are 3 fragile x-associated disorders:
(1) FXS- fragile x syndrome
(2) FXTAS- fragile x-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome
(3) FXPOI- fragile x-associated primary ovarian insufficiency

3. The answer is D. National Fragile X Awareness Day is recognized & observed on July 22nd, during Fragile X Awareness Month!

4. The answer is B. A female has a 50/50 chance of passing on fragile x to each of her children.

5. The answer is C. A male carrier can & will pass the fragile x gene to his daughters, & only in a carrier form.

6. The answer is A. Yes, fragile x is often passed silently within a family for generations.

So, if someone should ask, please tell them:

fragile x syndrome is a genetic disorder. It is the most common inherited form of intellectual impairment, & the number one known genetic cause of autism.

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