Mikey is a 10 year old boy who has duplication 7q11.23. This is a neurological disorder that affects speech and behavior. It is really complicated to explain, but here's an attempt. If you look up 7q11.23 duplication, you'll probably find something along the lines of this. Inside our bodies, we all have something called a chromosome. Chromosomes tell our cells what to do. In our body, we have 46 chromosomes - 23 sets. These chromosomes make us who we are. They tell our cells and our body what we are going to be like - our hair color, if we are a boy, if we are a girl, and how tall we are going to These children have an extra piece of material on their 7th chromosome that we call 7q11.23 duplication - or 7q dupe for short. We can’t be certain yet, but there appears to be no reason…
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