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The pattern of inheritance is determined by the transmission of chromosomes from one generation to the next. Autosomal inheritance is when the gene or locus of interest is located on one of the autosomal chromosomes.

Use in clinical context

Humans have 22 autosomes that come in pairs. We inherit one of each autosome from our parents. Inheritance is usually discussed with patients in the context of the passing on of variants that are associated with genetic conditions.

Last updated on 21st October, 2020