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  • Gene Therapy

    Despite early failures that dismissed gene therapy as a viable means to treat disease and genetic disorder, decades of research have resulted in the development of safe and effective vectors, methods of targeting particular types of cells, and techniques to minimize and manage immune responses. In the process, scientist now know more about the disease-causing genes themselves than ever before, paving the way for the development of successful gene therapy treatments. As of now, people have been successfully treated for disorders and diseases including hereditary blindness, immune deficiencies, and even cancer. Inherited immune deficiencies, such as Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) and ADA deficiency, were one of the first genetic disorders…

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  • Gene Editing

    change the genes that have been passed down through past generations? What would you do if you could change them? Scientist have found a way to do this and it is called gene editing. The answer for me is no however, my genes don’t have any serious diseases that are hereditary. Gene editing can have a positive effect on families and our society as a whole. The first positive effect that gene editing has on families and society is that it can cure diseases. It can do this because when using the…

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  • Gene Drive Effect

    Introduction Gene drives are a controversial new invention made to affect genes of a species, which can potentially eliminate animal spread diseases. A gene drive refers to a genetic system that manipulates a gene, guaranteeing all offspring to contain a certain dominant trait. As the trait is dominant it eventually spreads throughout the whole species, allowing them to all contain the manipulated trait. Scientists have designed this in order to eliminate mosquito-transmitted diseases such as…

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  • Aquatic Genes In Tibetans

    ask 50 males and 50 females for a total of 100 voluntary Tibetans who are 18 and older from the same region to give a small sample of blood. The blood samples contain DNA and genes that we will use to analyze to find the EPAS1-TD gene. In order to analyze the genes from the blood samples, we need to perform the procedure of PCR, polymerase chain reaction, to amplify and clone the DNA. Performing PCR is necessary because it allows us to amplify a particular region of the DNA, the EPAS1 gene, set…

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  • Gene Editing Ethics

    Recently, scientists in the UK have been given the green light to start research on editing the DNA of a human embryo. The ability to unzip defective genes and replace them with nondefective copies of genes has sparked a huge debate on the ethics of human gene editing. In this paper, I will briefly explore the procedure of gene modification using the editing tool CRISPIR/Cas 9, the exciting possibilities of successfully using this method, and debate several ethical concerns that have arisen due…

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  • Gene Therapy Disadvantages

    Gene Therapy: The concept of gene therapy emerged in the 1970s. The basic premise of gene therapy is using DNA enclosed in a vector as a therapeutic treatment for diseases. In the decades after it was conceptualized, many clinical trials of gene therapy were developed but stalled in phase I or phase II. During the 90s, only 1% of gene therapy trials made it to phase III and none of them went past phase III. The excitement for gene therapy was reduced when a participant of a clinical trial died…

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  • D1S80 Gene Study

    The main goal of this study was to identify and analyze the D1S80 gene, and this experiment illustrated the versatility of these molecular biology techniques of PCR and gel electrophoresis to serve as methods identifying individuals. Both of the hypotheses made in this experiment that (1) there were genetic variation with the six students and (2) Student 3’s genotype was heterozygous were supported by the data. As seen in Figures 1 and 2 and Table 1 with different agarose gel percentages, it can…

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  • Gene Therapy Cons

    today, this is nearly achievable. As the human genome has been decoded, it is human nature to attempt to repair genetic errors. Through genetic engineering and gene therapy, genetic diseases can be reversed and avoided. Gene therapy is the "manipulation of someone 's genetic material to prevent or treat disease". This is possible by replacing an absent or mutated gene with a working gene, by repairing a mutated gene, or by activating…

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  • Gene Therapy Essay

    successfully completed in 2003 (National Human Genome Institute, 2014). This project allowed scientists to understand the “sequences that make up the human DNA” (Moss, 2014, p.155) and map out almost all the genes in the human genome, as well as acquiring an excess amount of information. As a result, gene therapy was introduced to prevent or decrease the effects of diseases by replacing…

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  • Gene Editing Issues

    Technology is rapidly advancing in the field of editing genes in human embryos, and ethical debates on whether humanity should carry out this act have ensued. Those who oppose it are against the engineering of the human germline because changes are heritable and effects are unknown, and many also fear it will have negative societal effects. Those in favor of editing the human germline embrace the opportunity to enhance humanity. Baird (2007) says that controversy has been present since the…

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