Synopses & Reviews
The book presents the current knowledge on the Prader-Willi- and Angelman syndrome, two human chromosome disorders associated with mental retardation and other features. These two clinically dissimilar syndromes share unique genetics: in over half of the people with each of these disorders, the same deletion of the proximal long arm of chromosome 15 can be found. However, the deletion occurs in the paternally derived chromosome in Prader-Willi syndrome and in the maternally derived in Angelman syndrome. Emphasis is placed on the molecular genetics including genetic imprinting, recurrence risk determination, cytogenetics, and epidemiology of these disorders, as well as delineation of newly described clinical features.