Do other animals have down syndrome or is it only humans?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    let's see... Down syndrome is defined as trisomy in 21st pair on human chromosomes. So, animals don't have 'Down syndrome', because they aren't human. On the other hand, mutations and trisomies and other genetic defects also occur on animals, but usually defective animals die after birth, are abandoned by the mother or, being incapable of getting its own food, starve to death, ensuring that the defect doesn't go through to the next generation, UNLESS the mutation becomes beneficial in some sort of way. Humans go against the nature, taking care of defective offspring, and even worse, allowing them to have children. It's a complex issue.

  • 3 years ago

    Animal With Down Syndrome

  • aharon
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    3 years ago

    Down Syndrome Animals

  • 1 decade ago

    Down syndrome is a mutation of a certain chromosome that humans have. Humans,animals, and plants have different chromosomes and dna. Different types of animals have different chromosomes as well. This is what makes everything different. So no, other animals don't get down syndrome like humans do.

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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Animals are born with deformities just like humans but i think downs syndrome is specific to people. Animals born with deformities would die soon after birth i would imagine, as humans would without medical intervention.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If an animal had down syndrome it wouldn't survive. Nature has a system called survival of the fittest and any offspring with deformities or disabilities will not survive, which then takes the particular gene that caused it out of circulation

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Only humans.

    You could make a case that apes could have it -- but it would be 22 trisomy for them, not 21.

    Other animals would certainly occasionally have a trisomy syndrome -- but you wouldn't call it "Down Syndrome."

  • 1 decade ago

    They could be "mentally retarded", but they wouldn't have Down's, as it is a specific condition caused by an extra chromosome 21, which is only a human chromosome.

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