See also: Heterozygous Heterotroph Heterogeneous Heterophile Heteroglossia Heteronomous Heteronormative Heteropaternalism Hete Hetep Heterotrophy Heterogenea Heteroglot Heteronormal Heteroglossic Hetera Heteros Heterogenic Heterochromia Heteroflexible Heterogeneity Heterotrophic Heterodox
Heterozygous. Heterozygous. =. Heterozygous refers to having inherited different forms of a particular gene from each parent.
But a heterozygote would still be healthy and could pass on their genes, even though one of their genes is the deadly one. We say that this person is a carrier of the mutation, although they might not know it. Heterozygosity occurs when an individual has two different alleles of a gene.
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If you’re heterozygous for a dominant disorder, you have a higher risk of developing it. On the other hand, if you’re heterozygous for a recessive mutation, you won’t get it. The normal allele takes over and you’re simply a carrier.