Analyzing and Interpreting Genome Sequences

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Writing Assignment 8 | No Comments

Finding mutations for genetic disorders involves not only the study of genes and their modes of inheritance¬†but the cooperation of the scientific community and the way genomic data is collected and sequenced. Communication between scientific communities is crucial to the¬†propelling understanding of genetic disorders. The genome is universal so gene expressions and mutations in a […]

Finding the mutations that cause genetic disorders by studying genes and their modes of inheritance

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Writing Assignment 7 | No Comments

How are mutations for genetic disorders found? There are long and complicated processes to identify the cause of genetic disorders. Three processes discussed in this paper are identifying mutation types, studying the mode of inheritance of genes, and describing universal phenotypic symptoms of genetic disorders for diagnosis.   Not all mutations are alike. A type […]

Breast Cancer and the Notch Signaling Pathway

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Writing Assignment 6 | No Comments

Breast cancer is one of the most common genetic disorders. About one in three women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States (DeSantis 2013). Treatments such as chemotherapy are effective, but most of them do not work on cancer stem cells and metastatic tumors. Cancer stem cells are a type of cancer cells […]

Stem Cell Research on Curing Genetic Disorders

Posted by on Oct 30, 2016 in Writing Assignment 5 | No Comments

  Genetic disorders cannot be cured with existing treatments. The progression of genetic disorders can be slowed and the symptoms can be managed, but people with genetic disorders have to live with getting treatments throughout their entire lives. Fortunately, there may be a way to cure genetic disorders, but it may take decades before becoming […]

Targeting Genetic Disorders with CRISPR

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in Writing Assignment 4 | No Comments

Scientists have the ability to genetically engineer all organisms including bacteria, animals, and plants. A method of DNA editing called CRISPR, which stands for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats, allows scientists to edit DNA quickly and more efficiently (Stovicek 2015). CRISPR is found naturally in most bacteria and archaea and is part of their […]

Why Tanning and Smoking Are Popular Even Though the Public Knows They Cause Cancer

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in Writing Assignment 2 | No Comments

  Despite the increasing awareness that tanning and smoking can cause cancer, people still continue to do them. Tanning beds expose users to ultraviolet (UV) light, which can lead to cancer, but they are still very popular. The dangers of smoking are in many advertisements and newspapers. There is an increase on smoking restrictions, including […]

Gene Therapy and its Ethical Issues

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Writing Assignment 3 | No Comments

  What if there was a way to eliminate genetic disorders? There would be more children who can lead long and healthy lives. Less people would suffer from uncontrollable chromosomal errors. One method that is being tested to cure genetic disorders is gene therapy. During gene therapy, the mutated gene that prevents the cell from […]

Understanding Genetic Disorders and Finding Better Treatment Through Research

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Writing Assignment 1 | No Comments

Human genetic disorders arise from mutations in DNA sequences. Due to their origin in DNA, which is found in all body cells, it is not plausible to cure most of the disorders completely, but there are treatments to manage them and live a more normal life. However, genetic disorders continue to affect millions of people […]