November 10, 2020
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When it comes to health issues, there are quite a few resemblances between humans and other animals – especially mammals. This leads to us questioning whether dogs – man’s best friends – can have the same disorder like we do, such as autism. In this article, we cover another similar inquiry on canine disorder: can dogs have down syndrome as well?
First, let’s talk about down syndrome in humans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions, down syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome. A chromosome is a package of genes our body carries. It also affects how the baby develops inside the mother’s womb, both mentally and physically.
In order to preserve the white fur trait, these tigers were abused with generations of inbreeding. The chromosome mutation that causes these facial abnormalities is the same factor leading to chromosome mutation in human down syndrome. Fortunately, a law had put this unethical practice to a stop in 2011.
Watch: Why white tigers like Kenny can easily have genetic issues
Thus, scientists beganlooking into a potential case of down syndrome in apes. They are very closely linked to humans, and carry 24 pairs of chromosomes. A study of a chimpanzee with an extra chromosome 22 showed that it had very similar symptoms of down syndrome. However, the conclusion was that it might just be another case of chromosome defect, and not confirmed down syndrome.