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Ring chromosomes originate in the simultaneous occurrence of two breaks at opposite ends of the chromosome and the subsequent reuniting of the free ends to form a ring. They may be compatible with normal life, as only a fractional loss of genetic material has occurred, or they may lead to spontaneous abortion or to an offspring with severe physical and mental handicap attributable to significant genetic alterations.
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