By Logan White P2
What is Angelman syndrome?
It is a genetic disorder that primarily affects the nervous system. Symptoms are delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, and problems with movement or balance. For children it is recurring seizures, and a small head size, delayed development. It is not fatal or life threatening but symptoms are shown early in age 6 to 12 months from birth.
Mutation or inherited?
Most of the time it is not inherited. 70% of the time it is fixed by the body, but 11% of the time it is a mutation or mistake. Chromosome 15 is often deleted from the material chromosome in Angelman syndrome. It is a rare disorder it affects only 1 in 12,000 to 20,000 people. It was discovered in 1965 by Dr.Harold Angelman.