Recessive Ataxia

Certain forms of ataxia are recessive conditons. This means a person must have two copies of a mutated gene for disease to occur. A person with only one mutated gene might not experience symptoms at all.

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Diagram showing that a person needs two copies of a recessive allele to display the trait. If they have one recessive allele, they won't show symptoms but they will be a carrier.
Visual representation of how autosomal recessive conditions are passed down. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.