10 Worst Hereditary Conditions

Heart disease? Hair loss? Blame mom and pop
By Sophie Goldstein,  Newser User
Posted Jul 2, 2007 4:44 PM CDT
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(Newser) – MSNBC lists the 10 lamest heredity conditions.

  1. Baldness: People usually blame mom on this one, but cue ball syndrome can come from either side of the gene pool.
  2. Lactose intolerance: Humans developed the ability to digest milk only in the past 10,000 years, and only where dairy farming is common.  If you can't imbibe, your ancestors are at fault.
  3. Acne: Mom or dad was probably pizza-faced too.
  4. Twins: Hyperovulation, the release of multiple eggs in one cycle is a hereditary condition.
  5. Heart disease: Heart conditions and congenital heart defects are in the blood.

  1. Obesity: Genes are a factor, but modern diet is largely to blame.
  2. Bullying:  Aggressive parents have aggressive kids.
  3. Color blindness: Defective genes on the x-chromosome are to blame. Women have a spare, so they're less likely then men to wear mismatched clothes.
  4. Breast Cancer: Defects in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes can cause breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.
  5. Alcoholism: Having an alchoholic parent increases your likelyhood of addiction by 50%.
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