In class, we watched the movie Gattaca, and had to reflect on the entirety of the move and how this would affect us if society was that way. The idea of using genetics to be in charge of a society stood out to me. With how your genetics would control how your life was going … Continue reading Gattaca Reflection
There are monogenic and complex traits within us. People are mostly taught how traits have two alleles and can be influenced with those genes. They provide a classic pattern with dominant and recessive. This is classified as monogenic traits. Yet, there are the traits that are influenced by several genes causing different variations, not following … Continue reading Complex Traits Blog
GMOs are genetically modified organisms that have had their genetic material altered using genetic engineering techniques. This is use for altering the DNA of certain foods, such as rice, tomatoes, mangos, and many others. There are many controversies on whether or not GMOs are good or bad. Why should we care about them? It all … Continue reading Genetically Modified Organisms Blog
This case study is about a pregnant wife who participated in what seems like a harmless medical genetic study, but turned into a bigger problem. She had her blood taken believing that she wasn’t a carrier for cystic fibrosis, but the result ended up with her being a carrier of the gene. She had her … Continue reading Sometimes it’s all in the Genes
This case study is about a mother who had her children diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. She had talked to a doctor and they had put the children in a medical study to try to find a cure for this disease. There were a series of phases and the children had gotten through phase 1 without … Continue reading Can a Genetic Disease be Cured? A Mother’s dilemma
This case study is about genetically modified foods. Although there is a disclaimer about how parts of this are fiction but are just used as examples. This study has an article about how genetically modified corn is causing deaths because of allergic reactions. Then there is a letter about how the genetics that were modified … Continue reading Do you really know what you are eating?
In this case study, there was a family who debated about whether or not genetically altered foods were safe. The mother and eldest daughter were on the not-safe side while the youngest daughter and the uncle were on the safe side. The uncle provided facts and details as to how GMOs help with the environment … Continue reading Torn at the Genes: Ones family’s debate over genetically altered plants
We had to read a case study about a lady who found an interesting article about how a woman from Charleston was said to be assigned male at birth, but then was really a female. This was based on the appearance of certain genitals. Then the woman under went a sex change to become a … Continue reading The “Lady” of Charleston: A case of wrongful gender assignment?
This case study is about an X-linked recessive disorder called Hemophilia, which is the inability to form blood clots. Without the ability for blood to clot, people loss blood and can die from them because of the blood loss. This study is about how this disorder played an important role in European history because this … Continue reading Hemophilia: A Royal Disease
We read a case study about Early Onset Familial Alzheimer’s Disease. It was about a woman who found out that her older sister had been diagnosed with the disease and now she is worried that she, herself, might have the disease since it is an autosomal dominant disease and their father had it. The woman … Continue reading Living with Her Genes