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Eliminating Genetic Diseases

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Mim Junnon

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Eliminating Genetic Diseases By Mitch, Mike, and Tim History of The Elimination of Genetic Diseases 1990: the discovery that breast cancer is a mutation of the BRCA1 gene, but it is just a discovery. In October of 1990, The Human Genome Project started, which aims to indentify and squence all the human's genes, in an attempt to cure genetic diseases. In 1996, the gene responsible for Parkinson's Disease was discovered, providing an avenue for more research into eliminating the genetic neurological disease. In September of 2000, a Colorado couple creates the first test tube baby, hoping to save their baby from a case of genetic anemia, that makes it so the human cannot create bone marrow. Processes Used Today -Recombinant DNA Nowadays, there are many examples of Gene Therapy in use. Scientists use this to create a healthy version of the specific gene that is defective. This process is used to make insulin for diabetics. Also, the genes in white blood cells can be put through this process... to make the individual immune and/or to stop a disease already in the body without a vaccine Pros Cons -Potentially could create a completely immune human -"Playing God"- taking the place of a creator. -Could cure different types of cancer and diseases that were otherwise fatal -If a mistake is made, the gene could be further mutated and worse for the treated individual, and not only that, but the offspring all have a chance of having the same defect. Ethical and Informative... -Parents could become greedy to have the "super child"; better than all others. -Potential end to health related suffering. In this video, recombinant DNA is applied. In a polling, the test group is 50/50 split for or against Gene Therapy Also referred to as "Gene Therapy" Gene therapy is being used to heal genetic disorders like Cystic Fibrosis, Severe Combined Immune Deficiency, Hemophilia, congenital blindness and others. Many cancers and neurodegenerative diseases (like Parkinson's and Huntington's) are in trial stages. There are 1,956 diseases that are available for Gene Therapy. -People have died in gene therapy procedures In 1999, the first patient ever died during a gene therapy process.
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