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How the US introduced Eugenics to the World - Eugenics is defined as human improvement by genetic means to improve the hereditary qualities of a race or breed and it was coined by Francis Galton in 1869. Throughout history, the World has borne witness to such atrocities as genocide, where the roots of these movements have been to eliminate the undesirables to allow the “strongest” and “purest” an opportunity to thrive and exist. Many would believe that the eugenics movement first started in Europe when the Nazi’s tried to eradicate Jews, Gays, Gypsy’s or anyone else they deemed not a part of the master race dreamed up by Hitler....   [tags: sterilization, genetics, Germany, race]
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Biological, Social and Psychological Causes of Schizophrenia - ... A person with a family history of schizophrenia has a 10% chance of passing it down, and somebody else suffering from it. A family that does not have any history has less than a 1% chance of passing it down. Studies have also suggested that prenatal difficulties and complications have had a big influence on the development of schizophrenia. Throughout our bodies we have billions of nerve cells. Each nerve cell has to send and receive messages from other nerve cells throughout the brain and the rest the body....   [tags: genetics, brain, hallucinating] 562 words
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder from the Biological Perspective - Another way to look at OCD is from the biological perspective, which looks at the genetics, biochemical and brain structure of a person to find a reason why a person acts this way and develops OCD. Genetic studies have demonstrated that both biological and environmental factors are important to the development of OCD. No specific gene for OCD has yet been identified. Twin studies confirmed that there is a genetic component that causes OCD. Many researchers found that, in twin studies, monozygotic twins were more concordant with OCD than dizygotic twins were....   [tags: genetics, biochemical and brain structure] 808 words
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Nature vs Nurture: Twin Studies and Adoption - The nature- nurture debate has many different case studies, which often questions environmental and hereditary aspects of the nature- nurture debate. A tangent which is focused on in this essay is how the case studies of schizophrenia and IQ, specifically affect twin and adoption studies. This essay will firstly, give a brief outline of the nature-nurture debate and the definitions of twin and adoption studies. Secondly, it will illustrate two main case studies, which are IQ and Schizophrenia studies....   [tags: Genetics vs Environment]
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A Brief History of Autism Spectrum Disorder - ... People with Autism are presented with difficulties with social interactions, in particular, establishing and maintaining relationships. There is a lack of responsiveness to non-verbal forms of communications, like facial expressions, physical gestures and eye contact. Often, they are unable to fully express needs due to being unable to interpret and understand others needs. These lack of social interactions effect their ability to share others interests and activities, which gives the appearance that they are socially distant....   [tags: genetics, communication, behaviours] 1573 words
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Why has Childhood Obesity Become a Paramount Problem in the United States? - ... The television has also been linked to childhood obesity. Tom Robinson from the Division of General Pediatrics and Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention uses an experiment to show the positive correlation between the two factors: Finally, one school-based, experimental study was designed specifically to test directly the causal relationship between television viewing behaviors and body fatness. The results of this randomized, controlled trial provide evidence that television viewing is a cause of increased body fatness and that reducing television viewing is a promising strategy for preventing childhood obesity....   [tags: genetics, diet, activity] 1600 words
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Conversion of a Physical Biology Lab to an Online Virtual Lab - The core curriculum of biology courses at the college level typically includes a lab component. Availability of biology courses, and their accompanying lab, can often be limited due to a shortage of the resources required to offer the lab. These resources include faculty time, laboratory supplies for the physical lab, laboratory facilities, and safety/training resources for lab technicians. Due to these limitations, the number of students that are able to enroll in hands-on lab training fails to meet demand....   [tags: technology, simulation, genetics]
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The Eugenics Movement for Criminality - The eugenics movement started in the early 1900s and was adopted by doctors and the general public during the 1920s. The movement aimed to create a better society through the monitoring of genetic traits through selective heredity. Over time, eugenics took on two different views. Supporters of positive eugenics believed in promoting childbearing by a class who was “genetically superior.” On the contrary, proponents of negative eugenics tried to monitor society’s flaws through the sterilization of the “inferior.” Due to an increased surge of criminality in many cities during the 1900s, eugenicists began to focus on the role of genes in determining criminal behavior....   [tags: genetics, violence, psychopathy] 569 words
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Designer Babies are Just the Beginning - Wouldn’t it be great if it were possible to choose features such as hair and eye color for your children. What about if a child needs an organ transplant but cannot get a donor for the transplant. Designer babies may be able to solve the problems that come along with genetics. They are babies that are genetically engineered in any way to make them different. They can be born in test tubes that are made to give children organs or other things that is more easily obtained from a baby along with taking out bad genes that can cause diseases such as cancer....   [tags: genetics, disease, embryo]
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The Risk Factors of Osteoarthritis - ... Human genetic studies focusing on the identification of important molecular pathways associated with the development of OA pathological changes may help to unravel the mechanisms responsible for the appearance of joint damage and its progression. OA is generally recognized as a complex multi-factor disease that has mostly small and modest effect susceptibility loci (Reynard et al., 2012). Over the past decade efforts have been focused on the search for loci that predispose to OA. The following approaches most often have been attempts to provide insight into the complexity of OA genetics: genetic linkage studies (LA), genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and candidate gene studies....   [tags: genetics, studies, joints] 1211 words
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Australopithecines Vs. Homo - Genetic evidence sheds considerable light on the origins of the hominid lineage. An increasing body of fossil data helps us to understand where and when hominids came into existence. The first signs of hominid evolution are the morphological changes associated with bipedality, a locomotor pattern that offered fitness, advantages in a new environment. However, other behaviors remained similar to those of nonhuman primates. Dramatic progress came with the evolution of Homo erectus, who exhibited more "human" morphology and life ways....   [tags: Genetics] 1486 words
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Overview of Aldous Huxley's Brave New World - In Aldous Huxley's self-created dystopian society, controlled by biotechnology, genetics are edited to perfection and babies are manufactured in bottles through Ectogenesis1. After visiting America in the Roaring Thirties, Huxley admired the confidence, vitality, and "generous extravagance" he found in American life and the American people. However, he began to see the destructive spiral that Totalitarianism had on society, especially with his experiences in Italy under the reign of fascist leader Benito Mussolini (Barron's Educational Series)....   [tags: genetics, biotechnology, conditioning]
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Klotho, Secret Ingredient for Intelligence? - Hormones, culture, and genetics have always played a big part in the discussion about how intelligent a person is. For centuries psychologists and scientists alike have been studying the minds of deceased geniuses to find out what made them so much more superior in intelligence compared to that of the average person. For years the power of the mind and intelligence have intrigued me. Medicine and the function of the human body have been a fascination of mine since I was very little. Medical movies and shows have made me especially intrigued in the different functions of our minds and bodies and the hormones that play a big role in overall functionality....   [tags: Intelligence, Hormones, Culture, Genetics]
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Causes and Treatments of Obesity - They are people who face many challenges throughout their life; they are individuals who are more likely to become depressed due to the poor social communications with others, they are individuals who cannot perform their regular activities properly, and they are individuals who are bullied by others. They are commonly named as obese people. The problem that they face is known as obesity. Obesity is a condition when an individual’s weight is above the normal weight. An individual is considered to be obese if his weight is 20% or more pounds over the normal weight....   [tags: genetics, lifestyle, symptoms, statistic] 1328 words
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Chimpanzee Vs. Human - Do chimpanzees exert human-like qualities. In the essay "Selections from Through a Window: My Thirty Years with the Chimpanzees of Gombe," Jane Goodall explains her studies of the chimpanzees and their human-like qualities. The scientific community does not believe that chimpanzees are like humans in any way. Goodall wants to prove that chimpanzees are more than just a mindless non-human animal; in fact, she believes that chimpanzees are the closest living relatives to humans and that they are a window to the truth that can never be fully revealed....   [tags: Genetics] 536 words
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Description and Analysis of Pharmacogenomics - Pharmacogenomics is the study of variation of humans genomes and how they are affected by a response to medications, due to heredity, that would be tailor-made to adapt to a person or population genetic make up to lessen drug caused morbidity. Pharmacogenetics, which is an older term, was constructed from the words pharmacology and genetics, which now indicates the intersections of pharmaceuticals and genetics. The vision of pharmacogenomics offer a safer and more effective drugs, where more persons and populations use drug therapies which will increase he influence of drug-development clinical trials and products used in clinical practice....   [tags: drug discovery, genetics, pharmacogenomics]
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An Overview of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome - Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disease of the female reproductive system, involving the development of multiple cysts covering the ovaries. PCOS impedes normal hormone function, as well as disrupt production processes. According to Esther Eisenberg, “Between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 women of childbearing age have PCOS”. Signs of the disease begin to show during adolescents, or late into young adulthood/childbearing age. Some researchers believe that polycystic ovary syndrome can occur even before a woman has entered adolescents....   [tags: reproductive system, infertility, genetics]
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Bad Cholesterol Leads to Bad Health - LDL or bad cholesterol comes from food that is a high source of cholesterol and/or saturated fats. Plaque forms when bad or LDL cholesterol builds up in your bloodstream and attaches to the arterial wall, as more LDL builds up the plaque becomes larger, this can become a major problem for your cardiovascular system. Because plaque is a substance that has rough edges, it reduces the elastic nature of the artery which means your heart will have to work double-time to pump the necessary blood to all your limbs, that will mean your limbs won’t get the amount of oxygen that they require to function properly....   [tags: blood pressure, genetics, cancer] 688 words
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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Introduction In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this is the most exciting era regarding medical genetics, where programs based on genetic counseling are widely spread amongst the region. Concerned about the fact that conceiving a genetically defected child in the Kingdom has become a common case amongst many families; many have shown interest towards this subject and has accepted genetic counseling the best and the most accurate method to detect genetic defects in premarital and prenatal stages. Amongst the most common characteristics of Arab societies, which have various effects on the genetic sequence of the people within the Arabic region, are the early marriages, intermarriage, and the con...   [tags: genetics, health, technology]
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The Deepest Depths of Schadenfreude - As boldly stated by Alfred Pennyworth in The Dark Knight, “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” They find pleasure in others’ pain and misfortune. In Shakespeare’ Othello, Iago portrays this exact character type. Whether a result of nature, nurture, or jealousy, Iago bases his actions solely in an effort to destroy Othello. Countless scientists and philosophers have, for years, debated the argument between whether nature or nurture determines how a person acts. From Freud, to Charles Darwin, to even Shakespeare himself, the debate has continued for centuries....   [tags: Othello's Iago, Genetics, Manipulation]
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Nature vs Nurture Theory: Alcoholism - The Nature vs Nurture Theory is one the most controversial debate topics in Psychology. This debate has been going on for years now. The Nature argument is supported by genetics and what is hereditary to a person. Psychologists who support the “nature” theory concentrate on what an individual is born with. For example, they focus on genes, DNA, personality traits and other qualities they just can’t change about themselves. Researches focusing on the results of neurotransmitters of an addict are usually conducted to further support this point....   [tags: psychology, genetics, hereditary] 704 words
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Nature versus Nurture Debate - ... Altruism is also present in human infants. These infants have not been taught any social guidelines. They selflessly help other humans anyway, like with assisting in tasks like opening doors. This proves the experience theory wrong, since the infants have no experience of learning how to be selfless. Finally, scientists working in twin studies also found with their results that altruism is not learned, but genetic. Identical twins share 100% of genes, while fraternal twins share 50% of genes....   [tags: genetics versus environment] 775 words
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The Causes of Mental Disorders - Culture, religion, and vulnerable populations with various beliefs are what make this nation a diverse country. These different groups affect the various populations in which health care occasionally or routinely come across. Awareness, respect, and consideration are substantial factors that play a significant role in the overall treatment and care for patients of diverse groups. Vulnerable populations encompass a wide variety of people whom are often seen and treated in health care facilities. One major vulnerable population are those with mental illness....   [tags: genetics, discrimination, health care] 577 words
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Cloning and Human Cloning - Would you like to clone an exact replica of someone you admire or love. According to the author Alice Park in the article “Scientists Report First Success in Cloning Human Stem Cells,” scientists are successful in making embryonic stem cell lines from human skin cells. Alice goes on to say that human stem cells can develop into muscle, nerves, or other cells that make up the body’s tissues. The definition of cloning is the creation of a living organism that has exact copy of genetic materials from the other (Learn Genetics)....   [tags: Genetics, Science, Ethics]
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Down Syndrome Chromosome Twenty One - Down Syndrome Chromosome Twenty One Down syndrome affects one out of 700 children born in the United States. A chromosomal disorder associated with the twenty first chromosome pair, brings a lifetime of challenges to the affected person. Down syndrome is associated with intellectual disability, a characteristic facial appearance and reduced muscle tone during infancy as stated by Genetics Home Reference (2013). There are three different scenarios in which Down syndrome can occur. Down syndrome typically occurs as the result of having an extra twenty first chromosome....   [tags: genetics, trisomy 21]
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A Gene for Alcoholism - Our genetic buildup is the map that dictates what our life is going to be like, it is what makes us human beings. It defines our hair, eyes and skin color, how tall we are going to be, and what we are going to suffer from. Genetics can define if we are going to suffer from dementia, or a heart disease, or alcoholism, for that matter. There are several genes that can trigger alcoholism, and they can be inherited through many generations. If a relative of ours has suffered from alcoholism, it is likely that we have the gene that causes the development of the disease (Horvath)....   [tags: disease, factor, genetics]
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Genetic Screening - Genetic Screening Genetic screening techniques are coming of age and the controversy that surrounds them is growing by the minute. The definition of genetic screenings is as follows: a systematic search for persons with a specific genotype. These tests that look into the essence of humanity, will allow scientist and physicians the opportunity and ability to alter the human genotype for better or worse. Genetic advancements will bring controversy at every milestone. Genetic Screening usually takes place when an individu al or group shows risk for a disease or trait....   [tags: Science Genetics Papers]
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Genetic Testing - Genetic Testing Genetic screening uses a variety of laboratory procedures to find out if a person has a genetic condition or disorder or is likely to develop a disease based on his or her genetic makeup. Individuals may wish to be tested if the family shows a history of one specific disease such as Huntington's Disease or breast cancer, if they show symptoms of a genetic disorder which could be improved by early diagnosis, or if they are planning a family and are concerned about the possibility of passing on a genetic trait to their offspring....   [tags: Genetics Disorders Diseases Papers]
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The Human Genome Project - Introduction: Since the human genome has been found, the genetics of animals have undergone continuous study in order to find the mechanism for replication. By studying the genes of organisms that can replicate, for example mice and salamanders, the process of replication is understood, together with the specific genes that enables this ability. This brings about the question whether or not humans can be altered genetically in order to enable the viability for human limb regeneration, due to the research completed on animals....   [tags: dna, organisms, genetics] 2233 words
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Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle - Growing up I have always been fascinated with living a healthy lifestyle. Everyone chooses to live in different ways. Which can be because of many reasons. In wanting to learn more about the different ways of life, I have completed research to further explore. Throughout this paper I will discuss different factors of obesity. Overeating is not the only factor of obesity, there are many other contributing factors that can cause it. A person who has an excessive amount of body fat can be considered to be obese....   [tags: obesity, genetics, diet] 1224 words
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Sandhoff’s Disease> Tay Sachs - ... It can be diagnosed through a blood DNA sample; thus, it detects mutations of the Hex A and Hex B genes. This disease can also be diagnosed before birth using chorionic villus sampling (CVS). It is available when both members of a couple are carriers. These tests can also be used to screen if you are a carrier of the disorder. Although there is no cure for Sandhoff, there is treatment. These are used to manage symptoms and pro-long life expectancy.” Supportive treatment includes proper nutrition and hydration and keeping the airway open....   [tags: Genetics, Brain, Disorder]
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Do Your Genes Make You a Criminal? - Are genetic factors more likely to make one person perform violent acts. Many doctors and researchers in the field of genetics have searched for a answer to this question. During 1989-93 one such researcher named Dr. Sullivan found some interesting points about genetics and crime. Sullivan while working for the Bush administration’s secretary of health and human services during 1989-1993 was appalled by the epidemic of violent crimes he saw taking place in American cities. According to Dr. Sullivan, "more than 26,000 Americans were murdered, and six million violent crimes were committed with young men and minorities falling victim most frequently"....   [tags: Genetics and Crime]
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Theories of Autism Causes - “Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how someone communicates with, and relates to other people. Autism also affects how a person makes sense of the world around them ”(autism.org). People wonder the causes of this disability, but what they do not know is there has not been an official cause yet determined. Although there hasn’t been an official cause of autism, there are a lot of theories people believe cause autism. One of the main theories is what pills or vitamins women take during their pregnancy....   [tags: vaccines, thimerosal, genetics] 1913 words
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Biotechnology a New Beginning - The world of biology and technology has been getting blurred more and more throughout the years. Undoubtedly you have asked someone the question why you look the way you do. There are also billions of dollars spent each and every week where people are trying to change the ways we look. Science might hold the answers to the question as to how people will be able to change their looks or much more. The key to everything is all in our genetic makeup. All of our features come down to our genetics. More than just our physical appearance these genes, our intelligence, tempers as well as all the hereditary diseases we have or will likely develop within our lifetimes....   [tags: biology, dna discovery, genetics]
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Obesity Public Health Problem - Public Health Problem Obesity in the US has become a critical Public Health issue that has raised concerns throughout the nation. An estimate 97 million adults and 12.5 million children in America are obese, causing more than 160,000 “excess” deaths a year (CDC). Obesity is defined as a medical condition where there persists a high excess of body fat, enough to cause serious health issues. Through a biological view, obesity is an energy balance problem. Extra energy is stored as body fat when the energy consumption surpasses the energy expenditure....   [tags: body fat, lifestyle, genetics]
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Animal Production System- Beef - Gom2@aber.ac.uk. 58% ANIMAL PRODUCTION SYSTEM BEEF ASSIGNMENT: RD23420 This assignment is my own work, presented in my own words, ALL sources of information have been cited and any direct quotations are contained within quotation marks. Production from an autumn calving herd of Limousin x Friesian cows that were mated to Charolais bulls. TRAIT BIRTH WEIGHT JUNE WEIGHT Average-D-Gain Sire 1 Female 38 239.2 0.85 Sire 2 Female 48 204.1 1.54 Sire 3 Female 39 286.1 1.12 TRAIT BIRTH WEIGHT JUNE WEIGHT Average-D-Gain Sire 1 Male 39 255.8 0.98 Sire 2 Male 43 219.7 0.77 Sire 3 Male 38 362.2 1.29 The change of climate and weather .The heredity and genetics of breed can be carried wit...   [tags: Heredity, Genetics, Dairy, Supplements]
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Cloning for the Greater Good - Cloning for the Greater Good Many advances in science continue to bring possibilities and hope to people around the world. The possibility of therapeutic cloning and embryonic stem cell research not only brings hope to people with diseases but also brings fear to many when the thought of clones walking the earth comes to mind. Therapeutic cloning is an advanced procedure also known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) where DNA is removed from an egg and replaced with DNA from a somatic cell....   [tags: Genetics]
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Obesity: Facing the Facts - As much as obesity is a complicated issue that even scientist are still trying to figure out, the reality is that it has increased in the United States by over 50 percent (Center for Disease Control and Prevention). It is commonly calculated by, the body mass index (BMI) VS weight/height. Most medical practitioners uses the BMI to determine if a person is overweight. When the BMI reaches 30 or above one is considered to be obese. It is often related to eating habits, physical activities, hormonal changes or even genetics....   [tags: genetics, unhealthy habits, overweight] 783 words
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Genetic Algorithms - Abstract Genetic algorithms are a randomized search method based on the biological model of evolution through mating and mutation. In the classic genetic algorithm, problem solutions are encoded into bit strings which are tested for fitness, then the best bit strings are combined to form new solutions using methods which mimic the Darwinian process of "survival of the fittest" and the exchange of DNA which occurs during mating in biological systems. The programming of genetic algorithms involves little more than bit manipulation and scoring the quality of solutions....   [tags: Biology Genetics]
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Ancestry, Creation and Science - Racism - Naughty Word Humans traveled long distances during the last ice age that lasted about 100,000 years. Sea levels were low, and the planet was easily traversed. When the ice age began to come to an end about 12,000 years ago, the ice melted, sea levels rose, land bridges disappeared, and nomadic clans became isolated on various continents. Humans were stuck where they were and had to adapt to extreme environments. Severe heat, high humidity, strong winds, and freezing, cold temperatures gave rise to miniscule, genetic differences in these populations....   [tags: DNA, Genetics, Physics] 2572 words
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Ductal Carcinoma In Situ - Genetics DCIS have neoplastic cells which proliferate within the ducts. The duct is bound by the basement membrane along with a rim of myoepithelial cells which are on the lumen of the basement membrane. Unlike normal breast ducts which are composed of a single epithelial layer, the lesions of DCIS has multiple layers of cells that increase into to lumen. Blood vessels, lymphatics, immune cells, and lymphatics either promotes or suppress malignant progenitor cells which may rise inside the mass of cells multiplying in the ducts plays a role in carcinogenesis....   [tags: genetics, breast cancer]
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The Signs of Autism - At the age of two, my brother was diagnosed with autism. While he was playing at McDonalds, we noticed that there was something different about John Doe. He was not associating himself with the other children and would not take off his shoes. He would also not show affection or keep eye contact with someone. This left us very curious to why he was behaving so differently than the average two year old. When the doctors told us he had autism we were all in shock, but glad to know why he was so different....   [tags: social impairment, genetics] 999 words
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Cons And Pros Of Cloning - When most people think of cloning, they think of a scientist that uses DNA to make an exact replica of someone . Cloning is a lot more complicated and more controversial than that . According to the American Heritage Dictionary Cloning is defined as “A group of cells, or organism that is descended from and genetically identical to a common ancestor , such as a bacterial colony whose members arose from a single original cell . Ever since August,1,2001 Cloning had been banned .Cloning was banned for many different reasons, such as: any person can obtain extreme power, cloning defects and mutations for example a headless baby that was cloned, Ethical and religious reasons why cloning should be...   [tags: Genetics Ethics] 1986 words
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Diabetes and Native Americans: A Cultural Epidemic - A major problem facing people of the United States is the increase in diabetes rates, with some of the highest rates fall upon people of Native American origin. Food, language, and traditions are three big components that define the Native American culture, but could alterations to the very components that define these indigenous people also be contributing to their demise. Many factors have contributed to the declining health of Native Americans, but most notably, changes in eating habits and inactive lifestyles are the two of the main culprits leading to the high diabetes rates among the Native American population....   [tags: health, genetics]
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Tourette Syndrome: Symptoms, Causes, and Genetics - Usually, the first symptoms of Tourette Syndrome are facial tics, commonly eye blinking. Other facial tics include nose twitching and grimaces. The next tic to appear will usually be some other minor motor tic such as foot stomping, head jerking, neck stretching, or body twisting and bending. Affected individuals may also have a vocal tic such as clearing their throat, coughing, grunting, sniffing, yelping, barking, or shouting. Few Tourette Syndrome patients also experience coperlalia-the uttering of inappropriate or obscene words or phrases....   [tags: essays research papers fc] 360 words
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What is Epigenetics? - If we imagine that most of us see our genetics as the smallest and most obscure aspect of our being, then epigenetics are an even more minute part of the genetics that make or break us. I picture epigenetics as being the particles that make up an atom. We envision atoms as the smallest possible particle, the one that makes up all matter, alive or dead. And yet, inside the atoms are even smaller particles—the protons, neutrons, and electrons. Although these particles make it no less or no more of an atom, they change the fundamental functioning of an atom, having control over whether it is stable or not....   [tags: atom, neutrons, genetics, dna]
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Statement of Purpose - What is life. Why do people look different. These are questions that I eager to know answers since I was young. When I view the characteristics of people, I usually think that some traits are inherited, whereas others are caused by environmental factors. For human diseases, I would like to know the relative contributions of genetics and the environment. Is a disease caused by a pathogenic microorganism, a toxic agent in the environment, or a faulty gene. My interest in molecular biology has been inspired by these questions and led me to the world of genetics....   [tags: genetics, education, disease] 1030 words
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Leber Congenital Amaurosis - Genetics is a topic that involves everyday life, you and I are made up of genetics. So what happens if something goes wrong in your genetics. Well that would form a mutation. There are so many mutations know today. These mutations can cause disease, cancer, and many other malfunctions. Today I am going to talk about a disease called Leber Congenital Amaurosis, this is caused by several mutations. It can affect the person in many different ways which will be discussed, also how it affects the families, and the genetics....   [tags: Causes, Genetics, Effects]
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Designer Babies: Disease Free or New Child - To choose for their children, the world’s wealthy class will soon have options such as tall, pretty, athletic, intelligent, blue eyes, and blonde hair. Occasionally referred to as similar to “the eugenics of Hitler’s Third Reich” (“Designer Babies” n.p.), the new genetics technology is causing differences in people’s opinions, despite altering DNA before implantation is “just around the corner.” (Thadani n.p.). A recent advance in genetically altering embryos coined “designer babies” produces controversy about the morality of this process....   [tags: Genetics Technology, Genetically Altering Fetuses]
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Personal Account of Being Obese - When it comes to Obesity i am one of it victims.I have been suffering from it for the past 7 years. Obesity was basically the "trigger" of all diseases that were in my genetics chain and not to mention the diseases that Obesity forms. In my genetics Blood Pressure,various heart diseases,Diabetes,Bursitis of the knee,Fatigue,Sleep Apnea,Chronic Fatigue syndrome and the one I most hate Insomnia. All of these diseases are present in my genetics some triggered and some on the brink of being triggered to make my life even worse....   [tags: diseases, genetics, occurs, causes, solutions] 1231 words
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DNA in Forensics - ... They must always wear gloves, mask, and use disposable instruments. This help prevents the DNA being contaminated, to where it would not be useable. The collected samples must be bagged and label in envelopes but not plastic bags. Plastic Bags retain moisture that will damage DNA, another reason why DNA must be protected and label is that direst sunlight and weather condition may damage DNA. To further help protect the collect DNA, chain-of-custody is set up to transport collected evidence to be analyzed....   [tags: works, chromosomes, cell, genetics]
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Genetic Engineering - Genetic Engineering When we envision our future, we usually imagine a future free of disease and physical sickness, but have you ever wondered how a disease-free society will be accomplished. In the twenty-first century our world will be a very different place because of genetic manipulation and engineering. There are many pros and cons to this debate, but it is undeniable that the effects from the new revelations in the field of genetics are far-reaching and deep impacting. Genetic engineering is a radical new technology, one that breaks down fundamental barriers, not only between species, but also between humans, animals, and plants....   [tags: Genetics Science Food Agriculture Essays]
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Genetic Determinism - Genetic Determinism On Christmas Day in the year 2001, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy. When I looked into the brand-new face of my son I saw a beautiful mystery. I wondered what kind of man my boy would grow to be and what his life would be like. There are those in the scientific community who would argue that my son's path was already determined at the moment of his birth, that his fate could be deciphered from his genetic make-up. As a nurturing mother I know better. At two years old my son has developed a more diverse vocabulary than many children twice or even three times his age....   [tags: DNA Genetics Traits Essays Papers]
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The Huntington Disease - ... It is one of the most common neurodegenerative diseases present in humans. The side effects include loss of neuron cells and function, causing a butterfly effect and introducing other difficulties and symptoms in the patients. Peoples affected by the disease see a slow progression of the disease, and since it does not have a cure as of now it ends in death.Before the 18th, people used to think that victims of Huntington’s disease were possessed and controlled by an evil spirit, in turn making them outcasts in the society that they lived in....   [tags: evil spirit, history, genetics] 600 words
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Are We a Product of Nature or Nurture? - Someone can physically look like their parents, siblings or even ancestors from the third generation. When a baby is born, it is common to learn in a natural way. No one teaches a baby how to crawl or how to react when he and she is hungry. However, talents, qualities and personalities are developed through experiences. The environment in which people grew up can have a lasting effect or influence on the way they talk, behave and respond to things around. According to Steven Pinker, Behavioral genetics has shown that temperament emerges early in life and remains fairly constant throughout the life span, that much of the variation among people within a culture comes from differences in g...   [tags: blank slate theory, role of genetics] 1119 words
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Genetically Modified Babies - Some people wish they were born with blue eyes, others wished for blonde hair. The unique characteristics we are born with comes down to our DNA and genetics. According to Dictionary.com, “Genetically Modified” is a term described as “denoting or derived from an organism whose DNA has been altered for the purpose of improvement or correction of defects”. Scientists have been researching manipulating genes for some time now. Scientists could potentially alter babies before they are born to change their eye color, hair color and other attributes that would be ideal to the expecting parents....   [tags: dna, genetics, genes, scientists]
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Advancements in Biotechnology - In the summer of 1996, biotechnologist reached their forte- after countless years of experiments and planning, Dolly finally came to life. Who’s Dolly. Dolly was a female domestic sheep, and the first mammal to be duplicated from an adult somatic cell, by the process of a nuclear transfer. Accordingly, Dolly had an apparent paucity that neither a person nor thing was able to fill, a ‘soul’. This, believing that it is untrue and impossible to occur, may bewilder several; however, with the enlightenment of what biotechnology is, what its applications are, how it is incorporated everywhere without people even realizing, and the ethics that come with this extremely intricate field: some will be...   [tags: genetics, cloning, ethics ] 724 words
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The Effect of Prenatal Stress on Sexual Behavior of Male Rats - Sex differences, while primarily based on genetics, can be influenced by the interaction of genes with the environment. Stressful environments, or environments that have elements that deviate from the normal conditions in a negative way, causing physical or mental pressure, can have negative effects on individual development. There are two periods of intense individual development during life: the organizational period and the activational period. The organizational period occurs in the womb prior to being born, while the activational period occurs during puberty....   [tags: sex differences, genetics, gene interaction]
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Familial DNA Searching - Nowadays, DNA is a crucial component of a crime scene investigation, used to both to identify perpetrators from crime scenes and to determine a suspect’s guilt or innocence (Butler, 2005). The method of constructing a distinctive “fingerprint” from an individual’s DNA was first described by Alec Jeffreys in 1985. He discovered regions of repetitions of nucleotides inherent in DNA strands that differed from person to person (now known as variable number of tandem repeats, or VNTRs), and developed a technique to adjust the length variation into a definitive identity marker (Butler, 2005)....   [tags: Genetics]
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The Role of DNA in Cloning - Have you ever thought that science can advance rapidly to a great extent. Nowadays scientists are trying to make the same exact copy of your DNA. Can you imagine having a clone of yourself, your parents, or even your siblings. Have you ever wished for someone to take your place for a minute, an hour, or a day. This may come true one day. According to the Online Dictionary; a clone is defined as “a cell, cell product, or organism that is genetically identical to the unit or individual from which it was derived.” I always thought that cloning was impossible, and is just science fiction....   [tags: Genetic Cloning, Genetics, Genes] 812 words
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What Makes Obesity Dangerous? - Effects Diseases Let’s put aside what we see with our eyes. What makes obesity dangerous is what’s happening inside your body. Obesity vastly increases the risks of many diseases some of them can be life threating. Diseases that can occur to obese people are : Type 2 adult diabetes. The peril of type 2 diabetes increases with the degree and duration of extravagant obesity. High blood pressure . Hypertension is mundane among extravagantly obese adults. A Norwegian study showed that weight gain inclined to increment blood pressure in women more significantly than in men....   [tags: body, diseases, cure, genetics, causes] 1363 words
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Genetic Disorders - Genetic disorders are diseases caused when certain mutations occur in DNA. There are a wide range of genetic disorders that are each caused by different genes and each have very different symptoms. There are three kinds of genetic disorders: single-gene disorders, chromosome abnormalities, and multifactorial disorders. In this document we will cover the three types of genetic disorders, examples of each type, and possible treatment of particular disorders such as Huntington’s disease, Down syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease....   [tags: Biology Medical Biomedical Genetics]
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The Human Genome Project and Patenting DNA - The Human Genome Project: Patenting DNA The Human Genome Project is a global initiative to map the approximately 100,000 genes present in the genome of humans. Planning for the project was started in 1989 with a proposal submitted by the Office of Technology Assessment and the National Research Council. In 1990, the actual project began under the joint leadership of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy. The goals of the project are as follows: Mapping and sequencing the human genome Mapping and sequencing the genomes of model organisms Data collection and distribution Ethical, legal, and social consideration Research training Technology development Technolo...   [tags: Genetics Science Essays]
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What Causes OCD? - What Causes OCD Researchers still are unsure on what causes OCD but their research suggests different brain chemistry and genetics could possibly play a role with those you have this disorder (International OCD Foundation, 2012). The brain chemical serotonin, which is otherwise known as the chemical messenger for the brain, may play a part in the lack of communication between the frontal cortex and the rest of the brain in those affected with OCD (International OCD Foundation, 2012). Research has found that serotonin medications and CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) has helped normalize the circuits in the brain that is involved with OCD in some people (International OCD Foundation, 2012)....   [tags: Chemistry, Genetics, Obssesive Compulsive Disorder]
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The Affects of the Human Genome Project on Society - The Affects of the Human Genome Project on Society Today’s society has an ever growing thirst for knowledge as we have for many hundreds of years now. Scientists work around the clock studying the affects of nearly everything they can think of to conduct experiments on. This quest for knowledge is the supposed start to a better life for man kind and ultimately a world without disease or hunger. The human genome project is one that has been going on for about 20 years. This project set out to map, down to the last detail, every part of the human DNA structure (“Human”)....   [tags: Genetics Science Essays]
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Gaining Control of the Gene Responsible for Apoptosis - Gaining Control of the Gene Responsible for Apoptosis When we gain control of the gene responsible for the phenomenon of apoptosis, we will be in control of aging. We are finding more evidence every day, indicating genetic links to all sorts of factors in the human being. We are just now beginning to scratch the surface of our own genetics. A landmark discover has just been unveiled: In February [2001], the two groups charting the human genome published their results—the entire 3 billion base pair sequence....   [tags: Apoptosis Aging Genetics Essays]
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Gene Therapy and Its Effect on Cancer - Gene Therapy and Its Effect on Cancer The era of scientific advancement in the twentieth century has encouraged several scientific fields to merge into a new, futuristic science called Biotechnology. One idea behind Biotechnical science is taking advantage of molecular biology. At the forefront of this advancement is gene therapy which " attempts to treat disease at its origin on the molecular level"(Kreeger,1996). "Essentially, this therapy deliberately introduces genes into the human cells to compensate for aberrant genes that cause genetic disease" (Beese, 1996)....   [tags: Science Genetics Technology Essays]
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Cystic Fibrosis and Gene Therapy - Cystic Fibrosis and Gene Therapy The average life span of a person with Cystic Fibrosis is 25-30 years of age. Although the more traditional treatments of this disease are adequate, is there something else that could be even better. Gene therapy is fast becoming one of the more studied aspects of genetics today. Let's take a look at some details of Cystic Fibrosis and gene therapy. Technical Aspects Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease in the United States today. CF is an autosomal recessive disease that occurs approximately one out of 3,300 live births (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1998)....   [tags: Science Genetics Biology Papers]
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The Human Genome Project - The Human Genome Project On the brink of the 21st century, genetics is paving the way into a brave, new world where the discoveries being made will bestow upon us tremendous powers and possibilities that are restricted only by our imaginations. Many things long considered "science fiction" are well on their way to becoming reality. Advancements made by the Human Genome Project give us the ability to alter our own destinies along with those of our descendents. However, along with the benefits of increased control over our lives come the uncertainties: Will humankind choose to draw boundaries in regards to genetic choices....   [tags: Science Genetics Essays]
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