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A picture worth a thousand words: Guess the diagnosis!

This picture is really worth a thousand words. I have a tip about the possible diagnosis, a genetic condition. What’s yours?


(Via Aequanimitas and  Clinical Cases and Images)

And have you seen the table of mug-shots featuring the members of the Personal Genome Project currently having their genomes sequenced? You can read more about it on Genetic Future as Daniel MacArthur has a lo of things to say:


Top row from left: Misha Angrist, Keith Batchelder, George Church, Esther Dyson, Rosalynn Gill.
Bottom row from left: John Halamka, Stanley Lapidus, Kirk Maxey, Steven Pinker, James Sherley.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. For a second I thought the mug-shots at the bottom shared the same diagnosis!… Then I thought, “Wow, that look’s like Steven Pinker… I’d better read more closely”….

    December 29, 2008
  2. Todd #

    Fragile x.

    October 19, 2009
  3. Anonymous #

    Fragile x

    October 26, 2009
  4. For a minute I thought I was looking at the FBI’s 10 most wanted! LOL

    January 27, 2010
  5. Anonymous #

    Long face, everted ears, marfanoid-like

    April 11, 2010
  6. Dr. Tiption #

    Fragile X Syndrome, or Huntington disease, or even Martin-Bell Syndrome, at a very effected state.

    April 12, 2010
  7. i think its fake what you think ,,,!!

    December 13, 2011
  8. I want to know is this real picture or just fake???

    September 27, 2012
  9. This picture of these two unfortunate, unkempt, men is frequently used to represent Fragile x Syndrome. If a picture is going to be used to represent us, does it have to be one of filthy, angry and confused looking people? This is an offensive stereo type. Besides, I don’t believe these men even have Fragile x. Persons with the syndrome are know for their cheery temperament. They are not looking cheery to me. We also, often have a somewhat longer than average face. If you look closely, it is their necks that are elongated, not their faces. Finally, this pic was obviously taken decades before fragile x could even be diagnosed. How scientific is it to pass a diagnosis off on people with nothing but a snapshot. Seriously? We are generally a sweet and clean bunch. How about a picture that reflect that?

    June 1, 2014
  10. It wasn’t meant to be offensive.

    June 1, 2014
    • dayshari #

      I hope you are sincere. If so, please email me privately, and I will send you a suitable picture of myself and my son that you may use. We represent the real faces of Fragile X. Thank you.

      June 1, 2014

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