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
This was a fun activity because my partner and I had to use popsicle-sticks with different letters on them to create our own dragon and to help teach us how genetics and inheritance worked. I was the father and my partner was the mother, so we both had five popsicle-sticks and with each on we … Continue reading Dragon Genetics Lab
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
This case study is about a autosomal dominant disorder called Huntington’s Disease. We read about a woman in college who’s uncle was diagnosed with this disorder and she wanted to find out more as well as if whether or not she could have the disorder as well, since it doesn’t show up until later in … Continue reading Physiology of a Neurodegenerative Disease: Huntington’s Disease
This is a case study we had to read and answer some questions on. It was about a baby boy with Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD), which means the baby can’t break down certain amino acids in proteins. The family was trying to figure out how the child had gotten this genetic disease. The doctors … Continue reading A Sickeningly Sweet Baby Boy
We were given a worksheet where we had to find the one “puzzle piece” (mutation) from a family. Since it was color-coded, we were given a laminated version to use to see the colors better. I found it relatively easy to find the gene as long as you were able to understand the pattern that … Continue reading Finding a Gene on a Chromosome