Beautiful Animals With Down Syndrome Prove Nothing Can Hold Them Back.
It's believed that since animals have genetic sequences, they also have chromosome pairs that are ordered just like any species. This means that chromosomal anomalies similar to Down Syndrome can occur, leading to physiological and cognitive issues. These issues can also include anatomical alterations which alter the physical characteristics of the animals, such as this adorable looking sloth.
Dogs Get Down
Do dogs have Down Syndrome? That remains debatable. PetMD states that dogs have 39 pairs of chromosomes versus people who have 23 pairs. This suggests that the partial or full mutation of chromosome 21 would have a completely different effect in a pooch. But this doesn't mean that dogs would develop characteristics similar to Down Syndrome. Still, did you imagine a dog looking cuter than this?
Koalas are known for hanging around in trees in their native Australia, and they're usually munching on something green cause they're herbivores. But this koala is more noticeable with his wide-eyes, which remind us that his genetic makeup makes him even cooler every time he bites into more and more foliage.
Little Ball Of Fur
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Can cats get Down? Cats have 19 chromosome pairings, unlike dogs who have a larger number of chromosomes. This makes it impossible for Chromosome 21 to triplicate. But cats do have neurological and physical abnormalities of their own, and some of them are related to chromosomal mutation. But fortunately for them, Down Syndrome isn't something they can get.
Downfall Of The Apes
An ape's genetic structure is very similar to human beings. They have 24 chromosomal pairs, giving them a total number of 48 chromosomes. As a result, apes, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans can develop trisomy 22, which is similar to Down Syndrome, because this means that chromosome 22 has tripled. But this doesn't stop them from having the time of their lives and swinging through trees!
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