Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
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Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Christ, S. E. 2010. Phenylketonuria. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.
- Published Online: 30 JAN 2010
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by an inability to metabolize phenylalanine, a common amino acid. Although its incidence and prevalence may vary based on geographical area, PKU occurs in approximately one in 15,000 individuals. The most common variation of PKU (often termed “classic” PKU) is an autosomal recessive condition with a locus on chromosome 12q.
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