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Genetic Disorders: Cardiofaciocutaneous Syndrome

- Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome is a very rare and serious genetic disorder that generally affects the heart, facial features, and skin of an individual. It is caused by a desultory gene mutation, which takes place in one of four genes. Those genes are known as BRAF, MEK1, MEK2, and KRAS. From research, it is also suspected there is a possibility that other genes are associated with the rare condition. This disorder holds multiple alternative names, a long history, obvious symptoms, extensive amounts of interesting data, and is lucky enough to be supported by numerous organizations that will stop at nothing to help....   [tags: Genetic Disorders]

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Gene Therapy and Genetic Disorders

- Every cell in the human body is given instruction by our genes as to what job each cell should perform. Every tiny detail is dependent upon the instruction of our genes. If a gene or cell becomes damaged, changes, or is missing, there are major consequences to the body and the health of the individual. Genetic disorders are caused by damaged or missing genes and can be life threatening. They can lead to serious diseases in the individual. Certain types of genetic disorders cannot be cured by treatment with medicine....   [tags: Human Body, Cells, Genes, Genetic Disorders]

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Genetic Disorders and Down Syndrome

- A genetic disorder is a disease that is caused by an abnormality in an individual's DNA. Abnormalities can range from a small mutation in a single gene to the addition or subtraction of an entire chromosome or set of chromosomes” (Letsou). Most individuals are either related to or know someone who is effected by some type of disability. Many of these disabilities are caused by genetic disorders. Genetic disorders may alter physical appearance and cause mild to severe mental retardation. Fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, Turners syndrome and many other syndromes result from a mutation of a chromosome, an extra chromosome, or too few chromosomes....   [tags: Disease, Abnormalities, DNA, Mutation]

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Genetic Disorders in Twins

- ... Thus, they share both amnion and chorion. In contrast, dizygotic twins are only dichorionic and diamniotic. If the zygote separates between days one and thirteen will lead to the rise of MZ twins. The timing of separation only refers to monozygotic twins and conjoined not dizygotic twins. In contrast, in very rare cases if the zygote separates between days thirteen and fifteen we will have the rise of conjoined twins. Typically, conjoined twins that are joined at one point of their body share only a chorion and amnion....   [tags: medical studies]

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Newborn Genetic Screening

- The purpose of newborn genetic screening is to screen newborns for potential health concerns. Newborn genetic screening started in 1965 with the testing of one disorder, phenylketonuria (WDHS). Since then, newborn genetic screening has evolved and over 4 million newborns are screened in the U.S. every year (CCHC Report). Currently, in the state of Wisconsin, there are 47 different disorders that are tested for (WDHS). The process of screening newborns is a relatively short procedure. Before a newborn leaves the hospital a nurse pricks its heel and takes a few drops of blood and deposits it on a special test paper....   [tags: Genetic Disorders]

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Genetic Identification of Major Psychiatric Disorders

- Most major psychiatric disorder diagnoses are defined as descriptive syndromes on the basis of expert consensus. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) are the standard diagnostic tools used by psychiatrists and clinicians world-wide. Unfortunately, these manuals are classified by clinical agreement and encounter revision every few years. Perpetual revision and increased medicalization of mental disorders also creates a dilemma for diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depressive disorder and b...   [tags: common genetic risk variants]

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Genetic Disorders: Beta Thalassemia

- Orofacial characteristics of β –thalassemia major patients among the UAE population Introduction Beta thalassemia is a genetic disorder in which the gene for the production of beta globin chain is defective. The name thalassemia is derived from a combination of two Greek words: thalassa meaning the sea, i.e. the Mediterranean, and anaemia (“weak blood”). Therefore it is also known as Mediterranean anemia. Another name for beta-thalassemia is Cooley’s anemia, named after Prof. Thomas Cooley, a pediatrician in the USA who first described the clinical characteristics of this disorder in patients of Italian origin in 1925....   [tags: mediterranean anemia, blood transfusion]

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Treating Genetic Disorders with Gene Therapy

- ... Successes of gene therapy include the treatment of hereditary blindness, immune deficiencies, hemophilia, blood disease, cancer, parkinson’s disease and more. In most tumor-related developments are caused by the inactivity of the p53 cell. What the p53 gene does is balks the overgrowth of cells and keeps tumors from being made. Many people that have been diagnosed with cancer or have a tumor can often be found to have the p53 gene malfunctioning. With gene therapy, there is a probability that a new gene would be delivered to the malfunctioning p53 and correcting the mistake....   [tags: correcting dysfunctional genes]

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Genetic Disorders: Spherocytosis an Inherited Anemia

- This review is on the studies of several scientists whom completed research on the genetic disorder, spherocytosis. Based on several articles in the literature, it was learned that spherocytosis is an inherited anemia caused by the dysfunction of the cell’s cytoskeleton. These articles provide information of hereditary spherocytosis comprising of the disorder on the molecular level and how the patient’s diagnosis is concluded using laboratory testing. Patients can be found to be affected on a certain level ranging from mild to severe....   [tags: red cell, treatment]

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Genetic Disorders: Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is an inherited genetic disorder that consists of extreme muscle weakness, which rapidly worsens, and over time leads to death. Young newlyweds, Molly and Brent are seeking information on the health of their possible children. Molly’s younger brother, Hunter, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, he suffers and is confined to a wheelchair due to this genetic disorder. Molly and Brent want research done on behalf of their future kids, so they can understand the risk they are taking in having children....   [tags: symptoms, diagnosis, x chromosomes]

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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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Different Categories of Genetic Testing

- Genetic testing is basically the analysis of an individual’s DNA to determine if they are susceptible to certain diseases or are carriers which can lead to their offspring suffering from a genetic disorder. Genetic testing is able to do so by indicating if there are any abnormalities or mutations in a person’s chromosomes, genes, or proteins. According to the Genetics Home Reference which is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “more than 1,000 genetic tests are currently in use, and more are being developed (Genetics Home Reference, 2014).” There are three different categories of genetic testing which include gene tests, chromosomal tests, and biochemical tests....   [tags: genetic disorders, chromosomal tests]

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Theories on the Causes of Genetic Disorders in the Elderly

- ... The antagonistic pleiotropy theory asserts that natural selection favors genes that benefit fitness in early life despite their harmful effects in later life (Gavrilov and Gavrilova 341). Deleterious genes that occur in young adults are not passed onto the next generation because they are selected against by natural selection in order to maximize reproductive success. On the other hand, late-acting harmful genes are not selected against because natural selection is weak in post-reproductive individuals....   [tags: pleiotropy, mutations, soma]

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What´s Genetic Testing

- Genetic testing is a form of DNA testing that allows the interpretation of a genetic code to evaluate ones susceptibility to particular genetic disorders. These tests can be performed using samples of blood or bodily tissues, essentially anything that would contain DNA. Doctors then evaluate these results using genetic analysis, and provide such information to the participant or patient. Primarily, the purpose for such testing is for the detection of genetic disorders in unborn babies, determining what disorders an individual might be a carrier for, screening embryos for disease, testing for a disease in an adult before they display symptoms, and calculating appropriate medication dos...   [tags: DNA, genetic disorders]

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Genetic Disorders

- Genetic disorders are a topic in biology that can not be avoided. The fact is that genetic disorders can happen in humans, plants or animal. No one and nothing is safe from a genetic disorder. A genetic disorder can appear in the first years off life, or can appear much later in life when least expected. A basic principal of biology states that the behavior of chromosomes during the meiosis process can account for genetic inheritance patterns. There are many reasons for genetic disorders....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Various Genetic Disorders

- Various Genetic Disorders Alterations in human chromosomes or the deletion of an important gene product are often due to a mutation, which can spring an abundant strand of genetic mutations and improper coding. Mutations can spring from deletion, duplication or inversion of a chromosome. This improper deletion is the factor that leads to complications and ultimately genetic disorders. Turner Syndrome and Cat-cry Syndrome are both alterations of chromosome structure due to deletion....   [tags: Papers]

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Preventing Genetic Disorders With Gene-therapy

- Ten years ago researchers from the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Japan and China sat down and began developing the most important map ever made. Instead of roads and landmarks, this was a map of letters. It was “a rough map of the 3 billion letters of genetic instructions that make us who [we] are” (“First”). On Monday, 26 June 2000, the researchers announced that the map of the human genome was complete. On 26 June 2000 the news of the completion of the human genome was on all the major news wires, televisions and newspapers....   [tags: Gene Therapy Essays]

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Abnormal Appearance of the Iris: Ocular Coloboma

- Ocular Coloboma is a genetic disorder characterized, phenotypically, by an abnormal appearance of the iris. When the PAX6 gene (responsible for the development of the precursor lens of the eye) is mutated, it can cause Ocular Coloboma by not allowing for the effective closure of the embryonic fissure of the optic cup (O’Neill et al 1986). The PAX6 gene is located on the P arm of the eleventh chromosome (11p13) and is a member of a complex of proteins called the paired box gene family (OMIM 2013)....   [tags: genetic disorders]

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Angelman Syndrome and Prader-Willi Syndrome

- ... Prader-Willi Prader-Willi is caused by either deletions, failure in imprinting, or monosomy/disomy 15 from the father’s side. The genes involved are known to include, but are not known to be limited to SNRPN and NDN. NDN odes for the protein Necdin, which, in rodents, interacts with neurotrophin receptors in a way that is not completely understood to promote normal cognitive development. SNRPN codes for several products, including small nucleolar RNAs, a splicing factor involved in RNA processing, and a polypeptide known as SNURF....   [tags: genetic disorders]

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Autosomal Chromosomal Abnormalities

- Where does DNA come from. What is DNA. What is a Trisomy. DNA comes from our parents, we get half from mom and the other half from dad. DNA is two strands of nucleotide bases coiled into a double helix. The four nucleotide bases are Adenine, Thymine, Cytosine, and Guanine. Adenine pairs with Thymine and Guanine pairs with Cytosine. Each set has 23 single chromosomes- 22 Autosomes and one X or Y sex chromosome. (Massimini, 2000). “Your mother can give you only an X chromosome, but your father can pass on an X or a Y chromosome....   [tags: Genetic Disorders]

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What´s the Turner Syndrome

- Introduction Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder that is characterized by the absence of part or all of the second X chromosome in women. Women who have Turner Syndrome typically have short stature, sexual infantilism, congenital webbing of the neck, and cubitus valgus, which is when the forearm is angled away from the body at a greater degree than normal. A number of health issues accompany the absence of this X chromosome, indicating that a large number of specialists are needed in order to properly treat this disease....   [tags: genetic disorders]

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Effects of down syndrome

- In today’s society more women need to be aware of the disorder that is becoming more common every year. A study shows that there are about 6,000 diagnoses of Down Syndrome each year in the United States("National association for Down syndrome"). One in every 800 babies is born with Down Syndrome (Marsh). This is a rise from the previously reported statistic of 1 in every 733, as it was reported in 2010. Down Syndrome is a common chromosome disorder due to an extra chromosome number 21("PudMedhealth")....   [tags: Genetic Disorders]

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A Viable Way of Treating Many Life Threatening Illnesses?

- Gene therapy is a relatively new concept, it is an experimental technique that uses genes to theoretically treat and prevent various types of Illnesses/Genetic Disorders such as Haemophilia, Cancer, Chronic Granulomatous Disorder and Cystic Fibrosis. The process of gene therapy involves the use of a Viral Vector (Most Common Form) other forms of delivery, which are non-viral include the injection of naked DNA, sonoporation and magnetofection. Figure 1 .1 Shows us how an unmodified Virus under normal conditions work....   [tags: gene therapy, genetic disorders]

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Dwarfism Causes a Person to Have Short Stature

- Dwarfism About 1 in every 25,000 people suffers from achondroplasia, which is the most common type of dwarfism (Dwarfism, par. 1). Dwarfism causes a person to have short stature, and they suffer the inconveniences of being shorter than average. Those with dwarfism are often unfairly thought of as less than people without the disorder. The public’s view of dwarfism tends to be skewed because of Hollywood’s inaccurate depiction and its belief in historically unfair stereotypes. This view needs to change because people with dwarfism are created equally, and with support and minor accommodations they are able to live happy and successful lives....   [tags: unfair stereotypes, genetic disorders]

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Taking a Closer Look at Gene Therapy

- Gene Therapy Genetic disorders have been plaguing people for ages and causing death. As of today in the year 2013 new information and research, and something called gene therapy, hope now exists for these less fortunate individuals. Gene therapy is a technique for correcting defective genes responsible for disease development. Research Scientist realizes it has been around for a while now and is getting more advanced with time. Experiments which is a ongoing process pertaining to gene therapy. Ethical issues are something that has been accompanying the procedure since it has been used....   [tags: genetic disorders, ethical issues]

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The Morals of Silencing Chromosomes

- Chromosome silencing has led to a breakthrough in the world of Down syndrome, though it has proven to have multiple moral viewpoints that have come to be associated with it. Down syndrome is one of the most frequently occurring genetic disorders in the human population. Statistically, the chance of delivering a child with Down syndrome rises as the mother grows older. “Researchers now realize that older mothers have more babies with DS because the frequency of meiotic nondisjunction increases in women with age” (O’Conner, 2008)....   [tags: Down Syndrome, Genetic Disorders]

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Hutchinson-Gilford Progenia Syndrome (HGPS)

- ... The emotional backlash of Progeria can be much more profound than the physical. Even though they are different, many children with Progeria are just as happy as normal children their age. They are capable of living every day to its fullest and looking at the positive side of every situation. Sam Berns was a young boy with Progeria. At age thirteen, he gave an interview and stated, “No matter what problems we are facing, there's always room for happiness in our lives” (Foxborough). Like any other child, these children just want to live a normal childhood filled with joy and happiness....   [tags: rare genetic disorders]

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Spina Biifida History, Treatments, and Discovery

- The human species has developed a great deal of genetic disorders. Most disorders can impact an individual mentally, physically and occasionally, both. Although, many genetic disorders cannot be cured, multiple treatments may take place to manage the developed issues caused by the disorder. Depending on the condition, the life span of the individual could range from death before birth to the average age expectancy for a human. Spina Bifida, also known as “Cleft Spine”, is the most frequently diagnosed permanent birth defect in the United States (“What is Spina Bifida?”)....   [tags: genetic disorders, cleft spine, meningocele]

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Embryonic Stem Cells Have the Potential to Greatly Influence Society

- Embryonic Stem Cells Have the Potential to Greatly Influence Society Spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and hundreds of other rare immune system and genetic disorders can all be cured by the continued use of stem cell research (White). One of the most controversial topics in our community today is the use of embryonic stem cells. This topic relates to everyone because continued research holds future possibilities that could save loved ones from life-threatening diseases or illnesses....   [tags: genetic disorders, repair damage tissues]

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Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

- Genetic Disorders- Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Description of disorder, symptoms and chance of survival Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that causes 1 out of 3500 males’ voluntary muscles that control their body’s movement to progressively weaken and waste due to a lack of dystrophin. Dystrophyn is an important muscle protein which is produced in a gene in the X chromosome. Hence, it is a sex linked disorder that affects only boys. The boy, if he inherits the disorder, looses muscle throughout his life....   [tags: Genetic Disorders]

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What is Muscular Dystrophy?

- What is Muscular Dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy is a group of genetic disorders that cause muscle fibers to become unusually fragile and susceptible to damage. The damaged muscles become increasingly weaker over time.  www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/muscular-dystrophy/basics/definition/con-20021240 There are several different types of muscular dystrophy; Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) being the most common and catastrophic in young children. DMD is caused by a deficiency of dystrophin, a cytoplasmic protein that helps strengthen muscle fibers to protect muscles from injury....   [tags: group of genetic disorders, muscle fibers]

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Effects of Progeria on Immune System

- ... If cells get too large, osmosis and diffusion can't efficiently transport materials in and out. Cell division can also serve as a repairing agent for when part of an organism is damaged. Cell division can then create new cells to replace those located in the damaged area in order to close the wound and heal. If the loss of nucleoplasmic foci contributes to the dysfunction of genome replication in the S phase, then cell division is affected as well, resulting in arrested growth. In response to accumulated DNA damage, ATM and ATR checkpoints are highly activated in progeroid, causing replicative arrest....   [tags: genetic disorders, premature aging]

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Cystic Fibrosis or Mucoviscidosis

- Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis, also known as mucoviscidosis, is a disabling and fatal genetic disorder inherited as an autosomal recessive trait (OMIM #219700). This disorder is lethal by 2 years old without treatment making it the most frequent lethal hereditary disorder of childhood. Nowadays with treatment, the affected can live for 25 to 30 years or more. Within the U.S. white population, CF has an average frequency of 1 in 2000 live births. The frequency is significantly less among other races (Human Heredity)....   [tags: disablingl and fatal genetic disorders]

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Understanding Tay-Sachs Disease

- Introduction When presented with this assignment, Tay-Sachs disease was one of the first choices that came to mind since it is one of many diseases associated with Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of Eastern European descent). Tay-Sachs is a deadly heritable disease caused by the absence or mutation of Hex- A, an enzyme that breaks down complex fats called gangliosides found in nervous tissue. Without Hex- A, there is a buildup of gangliosides in the cells of the brain, causing major damage to the cells (“Learning About Tay-Sachs Disease”)....   [tags: Human Diseases, Genetic Disorders]

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Management of Sickle Cell Diseases

- Introduction Sickle Cell disease (SCD) is a group of genetic blood disorders which affect the global population. It affects millions of people worldwide and is most common among people whose ancestors lived in tropical and sub-tropical sub-Saharan regions where malaria is or was common. It is estimated that about 12,500 people in the UK suffer from SCD and on average, 1 in 2,400 babies born in England have the disorder. However, in certain urban areas rates can be drastically higher, such as 1 in 300....   [tags: Genetic Blood Disorders, Diagnosis, Treatments]

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Han Chinese individuals with ASD

- This investigation provides a solid foundation for future genetic studies of Han Chinese individuals with ASD and also identifies some caveats regarding future work in this population. With respect to the clinical characteristics of Han Chinese ASD cohorts, past studies have speculated that individuals with normal cognitive functioning or mild intellectual disability may be underrepresented in studies of Han Chinese individuals from mainland China (Zhang and Ji 2005). In this study, the use of the CARS and ABC screening instruments, may also contribute to some diagnostic bias....   [tags: genetic studies, disorders, trainings]

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Huntington’s Disease

- Near the end of the short arm of chromosome four, there exists a gene which can cause an individual to experience three completely different lives. If the gene is expressed normally, one will never know, as it will not cause the person any harm. However, if the gene simply does not exist, the individual will be born with Wolf-Hirschorn Syndrome, a devastating illness which causes disfigured facial features and mental retardation. (Ridley, 55) Victims of this syndrome rarely live past the age of seven....   [tags: Genetic Disorders]

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Genetic Testing or Genetic Screening

- Genetic testing, also known as screening, is a rapidly advancing new scientific field that can potentially revolutionize not only the world of medicine, but many aspects of our lives. Genetic screening is the sequencing of human DNA in order to discover genetic differences, anomalies, or mutations that may prove pathological. As genetic screening becomes more advanced and easily accessible, it presents society with difficult questions that must be asked about the boundaries of science and to what degree we are allowed to tamper with the human genome....   [tags: prenatal genetic screening, diagnosis]

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Clinical Genetic Disorder: Beta Thalassemia

- John and his wife Mary decided that after 3 years of marriage it was time for them to bring a child into their life. John and Mary lived on the coast of Italy, where the weather was always sunny and warm and the water not but a stone toss away. John and Mary decided that it was the right time, then, 9 months later they conceived a son, they named him Henry. During the first two years of Henry’s life John and Mary noticed abnormalities in Henry’s development. Henry did not gain weight or grow as he was expected to....   [tags: Genetic Blood Disorder]

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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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Genetic Medicines in India

- Genetics grows so fast. Every month we get a new announcement about the scientific achievement from the genetical research in plants, animals and human beings. Compare to other medical technologies, genetics can radically change nature of environment and the nature of human being. We have today genetically engineered trees, plants, animals, food, insects, bacteria and viruses. Genetics in medicine also proved the origin of genetic diseases and the functions of genes. Genetic testing and screening, genetics therapy, genetic design and enhancement are the few developments in medical genetics....   [tags: medical genetics, genetic engineering, disorder]

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The Benefits of Genetic Engineering

- Almost three decades ago, on July 25, 1978, Louise Brown, the first “test tube baby” was born (Baird 1). With this birth another controversy broke out, do humans have the right to make life. Most of the concern comes from the fear of control over the production and development of human beings. But, those who are against cloning would most likely look the other way if they needed gene therapy after receiving a grim diagnosis. There are many aspects of genetic engineering and to thoroughly understand it looking into each is absolutely necessary....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]

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Apocalyptic Visions of Genetic Engineering

- Global warming, nuclear winter, microscopic black holes—society views all these as apocalyptic phenomena resulting from the accelerating rate of discovery in the fields of science and technology. Opinions on fields like climate change and atomic weaponry certainly have a basis in scientific evidence, but many other apocalyptic reactions derive from hypothetical situations and thought experiments. To further examine public opinions on scientific fields, we can examine genetic engineering (GE). The possibilities of GE have prompted many ethicists to provide commentary on the topic, opening a dialogue between policy and experimentation in order to address topics such as genetically modified cro...   [tags: Genetic Engineering]

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Genetic Information vs Privacy

- The genetic technology revolution has proved to be both a blessing and a blight. The Human Genome Project is aimed at mapping and sequencing the entire human genome. DNA chips are loaded with information about human genes. The chip reveals specific information about the individuals’ health and genetic makeup (Richmond & Germov 2009).The technology has been described as a milestone by many in that it facilitates research, screening, and treatment of genetic conditions. However, there have been fears that the technology permits a reduction in privacy when the information is disclosed....   [tags: Genetic Testing]

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Prenatal Genetic Tests: The Future of Procreation

- ... Either way, preimplantation genetic diagnosis would eliminate the doubt of parents having a baby with defective genes leading to a scenario where they may wish they hadn’t had the child. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis isn’t a procedure that doctors are able to do to every pregnant mother because it requires informed consent. Informed consent is important so that she fully understands the testing procedure, the benefits and limitations of the test, and the possible consequences of the test results....   [tags: genetic engineering]

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A Brief Discussion of Genetic Diseases

- Since the discovery in 1928 via the Griffith experiment (an experiment dealing with bacterial transformation) that DNA carried genetic information, many important discoveries have been made regarding the human genome and its extent in the determination of phenotypic traits. Not least of these is the discovery and study of genetic disorders, or diseases caused by abnormalities within the genes. Disorders of this nature can be caused by a variety of factors. Some diseases such as Huntington's disease must be inherited, while others, such as some cancers, can be the result of environmental factors slowly mutating the genome over time....   [tags: Biology Genetic Diseases]

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Genetic Testing and Newborn Screening

- Genetic testing is the process of sequencing six billion letters of a human genome to possibly discover genetic differences, such as how cells carry the same genome but at the same time look and function different. Genetic testing is also the process that can give foresight into pathological diseases such as different types of cancer. Millions of babies are tested each year in the United States by a process known as newborn screening. Newborn screening can detect disorders that will occur later in life and try to treat them earlier in life....   [tags: genetic differences, cancer]

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Illustrating Developmental Concept: Genetic and Chromosomal Abnormalities

- Genetic and chromosomal abnormalities were the topic of focus for this paper and presentation. A genetic/chromosomal abnormality is when an error occurs in the number of chromosomes or the structure of the chromosomes. These abnormalities lead to physical, as well as mental birth defects. Many times chromosomal abnormalities may lead to a miscarriage or stillbirth. First and fore most, it is important to understand what and where a “chromosome” is. Chromosomes are tiny string-like structures in cells of the body that contain the genes....   [tags: disorders, trisomy, syndrome]

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Genetic Engineering: Annotated Bibliography

- “Genetic Engineering.” The World Book Encyclopedia. 2008 ed. This encyclopedia was extremely helpful. In not knowing all of the exact terms and basic knowledge of genetic engineering, it helped inform any reader of all this and more. The pages that had information on genetics and genetic engineering, had detailed definitions and descriptions for all the terms and ideas. Instead of focusing more towards the future of genetic engineering, it gave numerous facts about the technology and accomplishments of today....   [tags: Annotated Bibliographies, Genetic Engineering]

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Dangerous Knowledge: Genetic Engineering

- Some knowledge can be dangerous. The recent surge in technological advancements makes this evident, as new methods of improving human life through science loom on the horizon. Even today, some methods of altering an organism’s genetic makeup exist, becoming more and more advanced with each day. Such knowledge holds power, and if people use it in the wrong ways, it can mean dire consequences. But while powerful, not all knowledge means danger. There can be much benefit to gain from new techniques, such as the ability to alter the human genome....   [tags: Technological Advancements, Genetic Altering]

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The Genetic Testing Controversy

- A lot of controversial issues present themselves in psychology. Two topics that I will be discussing in this essay are the controversy over genetic testing and what things would be like without genetic testing. I will be describing what genetic testing is, and how it can affect an individual’s family life. I will be discussing the benefits of genetic counseling, as well as the positives without genetic counseling, and how this issue is debated in a psychological view. Genetic testing, can affect a person’s life in many ways....   [tags: Genetic Testing Pros & Cons]

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Genetic Engineering: Designer Babies

- ... This is the main reason why genetic altering should not carry on. Altering a child‘s genetic makeup also takes away from the idea of a baby being a miracle from God because people would have the choice to change and design possibly any part or characteristic of their child. Parents choosing to have genetic screening done to possibly prevent diseases, will never know how their child may have been born without the costly operation. Expecting parents should take extra precautions during pregnancy and during their baby’s childhood....   [tags: genetic screening, parents]

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Lifelong Health Benefits of Mandatory Genetic Screenings

- Since their development and introduction to the field of medicine more than a century ago, genetic screenings have become incorporated in many fields of healthcare, including reproductive health and cancer prevention. Genetic screening is a method of identifying genetic disorders through the study of an individual’s DNA. They can be used to determine predisposition for various disorders such as Alzheimer’s, breast cancer, and sickle cell anemia. Genetic screenings inform individuals about their state of health and can help them make efficient choices in regard to disease treatments and prevention; however they have not gone without controversy....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]

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Genetic Testing in Humans

- Every human carries about half a dozen defective genes that could become harmful in the future. With today’s technology, it is now easier to find these defective genes through genetic testing. Genetic testing is the analyses or screening of an individuals DNA sequence in order to analyze health risks, trace ancestry, and prevent passing on illnesses to offspring. Genetic testing can provide information about individuals’ genes throughout their lifetime but is a complex process that has many uses and benefits yet sparks controversial issues....   [tags: Defective Genes, Genetic Changes, Future]

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Brain Disorders: Schizophrenia

- Schizophrenia Schizophrenia still remains today and makes more challenges and continues to be complex mental illness. There had been sayings that Schizophrenia is an uncommon condition but in reality, it’s not rare at all. In actuality, everyone has a chance of having Schizophrenia in their life. Schizophrenia a brain disorder that can occur to any person in any background, happening to not only in men but also in women evenly and all areas of roles, like thinking, feeling, sensitivity and performance....   [tags: genetic and environmental factors, psychiatry]

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Students With Eating Disorders

- Introduction Right now there are students on every college campus slowly killing themselves. Every day they are getting closer and closer to death. Most have become experts at keeping their condition hidden and walk around looking just as any other higher education student. Some show no signs or clues of this slow death. Many of these dying students are active on campus and have 4.0 GPAs, others dart around campus going unseen, but both are inflicting painful self-induced deaths. This may sound extremely dramatic, but that is exactly what eating disorders are, for these students and for anyone who has an eating disorder death is one of the most undeniable and likely outcomes....   [tags: college students, eating disorders, anorexia]

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Genetic Engineering: The Next Technological Leap or a Disruption to the Natural Order of Our Planet?

- While walking down the produce aisle at your local grocery store, have you ever questioned where the assortment of goods came from. When asked, perhaps your first thought would likely be from a local farm or orchard. But what if I were to tell you that those very goods could in fact be from a far less obvious third choice. What if someone told you that those pretty peaches on display were meticulously grown in a laboratory to bring forth predetermined traits. As futuristic as it may sound, this type of technology is no longer science fiction but has become a new reality....   [tags: Genetic Engineering ]

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The Benefits of Genetic Engineering

- The selective Engineering of Genetics is invaluable to the health and happiness of humans. The importance of this issue has played second fiddle to the arguments, for and against genetic engineering. This essay will discuss the impact of genetic engineering on everyday life, for example genetic disorders, disease and how its impact on life in the world today. Although the opinions differ greatly, the benefits are substantial. Firstly, an increasing importance is being placed on the role of genetic engineering in the use of riding the incidence of genetic disorders....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]

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Genetic Testing: Benefits and Burdens

- Genetic Testing: Benefits and Burdens Thesis: The field of genetic testing is rapidly expanding. Numerous ethical issues are arising, within genetic testing, such as privacy issues, the potential of discrimination or eugenics, and how to convey the information properly. Background: Today we live in a very technologically advanced society. Scientists are continually discovering new things about the world and the way things work. "In the 1980ís, it was becoming increasingly apparent to many scientists that an understanding of basic biology would be greatly enhanced if the detailed structure of DNA was understood" (Mehlman, 1998)....   [tags: Genetic Testing Research Papers]

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Ethical Issues of Genetic Research

-     Scientific and technological advances are the products of man's inherent desire to improve the society in which he lives. Such progress often accompanies an expansion of intellectual boundaries. As one acquires knowledge, one also encounters new opportunities to be explored. This is true in the area of human genome research. The implications of The Human Genome Project and other attempts to further understand the human genetic code clearly demonstrate the basic principles of social benefit versus social cost....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]

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Is Genetic Engineering Ethically Correct?

- Over the past few years, genetic engineering has come a long way from its roots. What spawned as just a project for understanding has now become quite powerful. An article written by Michael Riess aided me in gaining some knowledge of the ethical dilemmas faced in the field of genetic engineering. Suppose you and your partner both discover that you are carriers of a genetic defect known as cystic fibrosis, and the two of you are expecting a baby. Genetic screening gives you the opportunity to use antenatal diagnosis to see if the baby will have cystic fibrosis or not (Reiss)....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]

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Theoretical Perspectives of Certain Disorders

- Anxiety Disorder Psychoanalysts believe that anxiety disorders are caused by internal mental conflicts often involving sexual impulses. These impulses cause an overuse of the ego’s defense system that fails over time. This shows that the unacceptable impulses the ego has blocked are the generalized anxiety disorders. These blocked impulses cause an unconscious state of apprehension for which the person does not know the cause of. Phobias, however, occur if the person sets the cause of the anxiety to a certain object, or situation, which they can more easily avoid than the actual source of anxiety....   [tags: Anxiety Disorder, Somatoform Disorders]

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Genetic Testing and Screening

- Genetic Screening Imagine yourself as a 26-year-old pregnant female. You have just been genetically screened and you found out that you carry a gene for breast cancer. This gene almost always causes breast cancer in early adult hood. Your daughter-to-be has just inherited this gene. You have the following options; a) Abort the fetus and discontinue a disease that won't show signs for decades. b) Carry out the pregnancy and pray that your daughter is lucky and won't develop the breast cancer until maybe a cure for the disease has been found....   [tags: Genetic Screening Essays]

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Genetic Testing and Screening

- Current research from the human genome project has identified numerous genes that are responsible for genetic disorders impacting society. This knowledge provides us with opportunities to test children and adults to predetermine genetic disorders/diseases and make educated decisions about options available. The U.S. Congress' Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) defines genetic testing as "the use of specific assays to determine the genetic status of individuals already suspected to be at high risk for a particular inherited condition." In contrast, genetic screening is defined as the systematic search of populations for persons with latent, early, or asymptomatic disease and is distinguis...   [tags: Genetic Screening Essays]

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Genetic Testing and Screening

- Genetics provide powerful knowledge that is changing humanity’s view of itself and its relation to rest of the universe. Genetic, cytogenetic and molecular genetic studies showed the relatedness of human being to other living things on the planet, including plants, fungi and bacterium (4). Little change in DNA contributes to human variations. So, genomic variations of human species are being studied through DNA analysis from populations, families, and individuals worldwide. Human Genome Project (HGP) was proposed in the 1980s and was formally initiated in 1990....   [tags: Genetic Screening Essays]

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Genetic Testing and Screening

- There are numerous genetic disorders present in today's society that produce handicaps and threaten longevity. Genetic determinants are at the root of many cases of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirths, neonatal deaths, multiple malformations, retardation in growth and development, mental illness, and mental retardation. Estimates of the problem's magnitude have been made from data provided by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, which suggest that genetic factors are involved in one fifth of infant deaths, one fourth of the institutionalized mental retardates, almost one half of individuals with IQs less than fifty, and half of first trimester abortions (Finley 1982)....   [tags: Genetic Screening Essays]

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Genetic Testing and Screening

- Have you ever wondered what your children will look like. whether they will be boys or girls. or perhaps what your fate may be. Well, someday we may be able to answer all those questions and many more with genetic testing. Scientist are making new discoveries every day in the field of genetics that could possibly change our whole world as we know it. They are presently working on a project called the Human Genome Project, that will map and sequence the human genome. The basic goal of the ambitious research endeavor is to identify every gene found in the human body....   [tags: Genetic Screening Essays]

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Genetic Testing and Screening

- Its no accident that off-spring resemble their parents. Deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA, located within each cell nucleus is a special chemical, that determines our genetic inheritance in a very orderly way. Under the microscope DNA looks like a mass of tangled threads which consist of tiny subunits called genes. Genes carry instructions, sometimes called the blueprint of life, for various characters like hair color, height, eye color. Our genes are received from both mother and father, half from each....   [tags: Genetic Screening Essays]

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Ethical Dilemmas of Genetic Prenatal Screening

- One of the questions that has recently plagued me has been that of which is about the genetic structuring of our offspring. I ask myself, will we able to choose the physical features our child. If so, do we as a society think this will be an ethical practice. Perhaps, scientifically, this might be entirely possible, but law will most likely restrict it. An article written by Frederic Golden helped me draw some understanding on this hot topic. Golden commences his article with a brief story of a mother and father who have been through prenatal testing....   [tags: Genetic Testing Essays]

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Human Genetic Engineering: Unnatural Selection

- Introduction Technology has a significant influence across the world, as it has become a fast growing field. Modern biotechnology has been in the major forefront of this influence. From the discovery of DNA to the cloning of various animals, the study of genetic engineering has changed the way society views life. However, does genetic engineering have the capacity to influence the world to its best abilities. Products, which are genetically engineered, may cause severe negative effects on our society....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]

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Human Genetic Screening

- Imagine the idea that you and your spouse are expecting a baby. You know that you both are carriers for ADA, a rare genetic immunodeficiency disease caused by lack of the enzyme adenosine deaminase. If your child received copies of the allele from both of you, he will have persistent infections and a high risk of early cancer, and may die in his first months of life (Grace par 10). Do you want to know if your child has the disease. If you do, you will undergo genetic screening, the testing for genetic diseases (Encyclopedia.com)....   [tags: Genetic Testing Essays]

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Autoimmune Disorders - Hemolytic Anemia

- The immune system consists of a defense system that guards the body against invasion from infections and other diseases. Normally, a healthy person's immune system has the capability to differentiate between its own cells and cells that represent threats to the health of the body. (Craft and Kanter, 2002). Autoimmune disease refers to a broad range of over 80 acute, long-lasting diseases that affect nearly every organ in the body. (Wrong Diagnosis.com, 2000). With autoimmune diseases, the underlying issue is similar....   [tags: Diseases/Disorders]

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Genetic Engineering: Is the Human Race Ready?

- It is incredible to see how far genetic engineering has come. Humans, plants, and any living organism can now be manipulated. Scientists have found ways to change humans before they are even born. They can remove, add, or alter genes in the human genome. Making things possible that humans (even thirty years ago) would have never imagined. Richard Hayes claims in SuperSize Your Child. that genetic engineering needs to have limitations. That genetic engineering should be used for medical purposes, but not for “genetic modification that could open the door to high-tech eugenic engineering” (188)....   [tags: Genetic Engineering]

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Genetic Screening

- Genetics has provided knowledge that is changing humanity's view of itself and its relation to the rest of the universe. This has brought changes of our current philosophies and religions. For instance, the catholic church has accepted the evolution theory (1). Genetic, cytogenetic and molecular studies show that we are related to every living thing on the planet, including plants, fungi and bacterium (6) An important area in which current genetic knowledge is causing revolution is anthropological science (14)....   [tags: Genetic Engineering Essays]

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Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders

- Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders Autism has been on the rise in the past 20 years, and is getting dangerously close to reaching epidemic proportions (Zelan, 1). Statistically, Autism rates have been rising in the United States with Autism now effecting 1 in every 150 children ages 10 and younger (Zelan, 1). Autism can occur in any race and does not gender discriminate, though boys are four times more likely to have Autism than girls (Castrogiovanni). The causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of Autism are the main aspects that most interest researchers today....   [tags: Diseases, Disorders]

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The Benefits of Human Genetic Engineering

- Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis is a revolutionary procedure that utilizes in vitro fertilization to implant a healthy egg cell into the mother’s uterus after it is screened for mutations or other abnormalities. That way, only healthy eggs can develop to term and become beautiful, bouncing boys or girls. Designer babies have a bright future in the face of science because they are genetically engineered to be: disease free; viable donors for a sibling or parent; and with optional elimination of any severe cosmetic disorders that might develop,—without risk to human diversity in the future....   [tags: Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, PGD]

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Autism Spectrum Disorders

- Abstract— This paper discusses the potential of using technologies in the diagnosis, study and intervention treatments of autism. The first part of paper introduces background information on autism spectrum disorder. The second part deals with review of literature survey. The third part summarizes our proposed research work on the connected topic. The fourth part concludes our work as whole. Keywords— autism, discrete trail training, applied behaviour analysis, voice output communication aids I. INTRODUCTION The present paper addresses various innovative assistive technology used in diagnosis and treatment of pervasive developmental disorders such as autism....   [tags: Diseases,Disorders]

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Genetic Testing and The Diagnosis of Genetic Diseases

- Genetic testing is used to determine the risk of a patient or patient’s offspring developing genetic diseases. This is done with DNA sequencing in adults and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PDG) on embryos. These methods of genetic testing are effective means of determining the likelihood of developing diseases such as Huntington’s disease, a disease resulting from trinucleotide repeat on chromosome 4p16.3 that causes uncontrollable muscle movement and decrease in cognitive function. However, they only determine probability, which isn’t an entirely reliable means of knowing whether or not symptoms will arise....   [tags: huntinton disease, dna]

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Genetic Choices- Prenatal Genetic Testing

- Genetic Choices: Prenatal genetic Testing Technology not a days has progressed tremendously in the last few decades. When women got pregnant, there were not as many tests done back then than there are now. Expecting mothers now can see 3D/4D images of their unborn child and get genetic tests done to see if their child will have anything wrong with them. There are tests done now to see if a child will have down syndrome or tay-sachs, which they can now check 10-14 weeks, and doctors can now check to see if the unborn fetus is going to have diseases and disabilities before the child is even born....   [tags: Technological Advancements, Expecting Mothers]

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Anxiety Disorders

- Anxiety Disorders Anxiety is a normal reaction to stressful situations that helps in the coping process for individuals. On some occasions, anxiety may become so severe that it impairs the ability to cope and can create psychosocial impairment. High levels of anxiety that interfere with daily activities and social interaction are considered a psychiatric disorder. Anxiety disorders are treatable and can have profound effects on the psychosocial aspect of the individuals life. This paper will discuss the possible causes of anxiety disorders and the affects that it may have on an individual’s psychological state....   [tags: Disease/Disorders]

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