The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy

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Contrary to what one would expect based on the title of her book, The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It, Ricki Lewis pens a narrative science focused on the milestones in the history of gene therapy, not just one success story (Lewis, 2012). Corey Haas, the boy who regained his vision after being sentenced to a life of blindness, is only one of the medical miracles mentioned; the book also devotes itself to presenting the theory and procedures behind gene therapy. As a supplement to the curriculum of the AP Biology course, the major biological concept of gene therapy in The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It relates specifically to the third big idea in the AP Biology curriculum framework’s four major points. …show more content…
Organisms carry out their lives through the instructions found in DNA, allowing information to be transferred from one generation to the next. It is vital for students taking AP Biology - and those who are in the field of science - to understand these principles behind the third big idea because it deals with DNA, the metaphorical manual to life. By venturing into the study of genes, one can learn about the processes that create life and when the need arises, how to save lives. When Ricki Lewis wrote her narrative science, The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It, she went into detail on the concept of gene therapy (Lewis, 2013). The idea behind gene therapy, as she mentioned, is exactly as stated in the third big idea’s essential knowledge …show more content…
Dealing with the major biological concept of gene therapy, it correlates directly with the third big idea’s following learning objectives: 3.24, 3.26, 3.29, and 3.30. With the way it was written as a narrative science, I was entertained by the book, but some of the details regarding all the government approval needed for a gene therapy clinical trial went way over my

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