Why Jeans for Genes Day?

By Rachel Lamb . 22/09/2017 · 2 Minute read

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For many people, Jeans for Genes day is that exciting one-off opportunity where you get to wear a pair of jeans to work or to school. However, there is a serious message behind it.

Jeans for Genes day is run by Genetic Disorders UK, a charity who support individuals and families affected by genetic disorders.

The money raised on the day goes towards the work done by the charity and projects that aim to improve the lives of children with genetic disorders.

About Genetic Disorders

There are various types of genetic disorders, some that can be inherited from one parent and others that require a gene from both parents.

Recessive Inheritance

Recessive inheritance is when the child affected inherits a gene from both parents. The parents don’t necessarily have to have the condition themselves, but can simply be a carrier. When two parents are carriers, there is a 25% chance that any of their children will inherit the condition. This can affect boys and girls.

X-Linked Recessive Inheritance

Unlike recessive conditions, X-linked disorders typically only affect boys. The gene comes from the mother and is due to a genetic mutation in one of the genes on the X chromosome. Where a boy only receives one X chromosome (a girl has two), if his mum is a carrier, there is a 50% chance of him receiving this misprinted X chromosome.

Dominant Inheritance

Someone with a dominant genetic condition will have inherited a defective gene from one of their parents, who most likely has the condition themselves. There will be a misprint in one copy of a particular gene, and although the other gene may work correctly, it’s not enough to override the changed gene. There is again a 50% chance of passing on the gene to either a child who is a boy or girl.

Why should you get involved?

  1. It’s fun!
  2. Gets everyone talking
  3. Looks good for your work
  4. Encourages understanding and acceptance of people from different situations
  5. 1 in 25 children in the UK has a genetic disorder (30,000 babies and children are newly diagnosed each year)

So put on some jeans and show your support for a great cause!

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