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  • Mutations in the Alpha 1,2-Mannosidase Gene

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    Developmental Disabilities as having “significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior”. [1] Earlier it was believed that behavioral abnormalities, such as Intellectual Disability, were caused by the social or environmental environment in which the individual lived in.[2] However, with the breakthrough of the genetic analysis, it has been shown that more and more of our behavior is influenced, if not controlled, by our genes. [3]This advancement is important for our

  • Inheritable Genetic Modification

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    Inheritable Genetic Modification New advances in technology and science have made possible the fact that we can actually prevent children from coming into this word with inheritable diseases. However, this possibility has also opened the door for new advances in the field of genetics. What began with the purpose of healing diseases can also lead to the possibility of enhancing a future generation’s traits and physical appearance. Scientists have begun to look for ways to do research in the wide field

  • Genetic Engineering and Eugenics

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    Genetic Engineering and Eugenics The idea of genetic engineering has been a very heated topic of discussion lately. The possibilities of this topic range from cloning to gene therapy and eugenics. The most recent type, eugenics through gene therapy has created a lot of controversy. Eugenics is the study of how to improve human genetic heritage. This basically is the engineering of babies. The thought of these new designer babies raises many new questions. What are the consequences of these

  • Degradation of the Human Gene Pool

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    The genetic catastrophe consists of four major genetic "epidemics" - those of cancer, vascular disease, musculoskeletal disease, and behavioral disease. There are identified approximately 250 common genetic diseases, and approximately 7,000 "rare" genetic diseases. The list of genetic damage is growing daily. The natural rate at which mutations and genetic damage occur is reasonably constant. The larger the gene the more common genetic diseases of the gene are. Hence, more common genetic diseases

  • You're Speaking My Language

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    learned and improved on by every generation. Utilizing Dor's language theory, Eva Jabonka and Marion J. Lamb argue that the “evolution of language [is] the outcome of continuous interactions between the cultural and genetic inheritance system, with both niche construction and genetic assimilation being important.” (pg 307) Although this argument is presented strongly by Jablonka and Lamb, it needs to be tested for validity. This argument will only be valid “... if and only if it is impossible for

  • My Paper

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    evolution. It literally pressures species to adapt to their environment or risk extinction. Adaptations include physical or behavioral changes that increases an organism’s chance of survival or rate of reproduction. Of course, however, not all the organisms within a species are able to or will adapt. Different kinds of adaptations (or lack of adaptations) result in genetic variation, or different heritable traits, among the population. The success of the different traits will be tested when these

  • Florence Littauer's Theory Of Personality

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    specific reactions to things and the reasons interactions and communication are set in environments. Each personality has its own set of traits originated in genetics that come together to make a combination of features that form the ways each person feels, acts, and thinks. When posed with the question: “Is personality derived from genetics or more of a result from influences and environment?”, it is common to think about remarks made such as “He acts so much like his father.”. Reverting back

  • Do Your Genes Make You a Criminal?

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    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

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder And Autism

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    Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurological disorder that affects behavioral development. Symptoms of autism arise in early childhood, around the time that children start getting vaccinated. For many years people strongly believed that vaccinations caused autism because around that time children began showing the common signs of the disorder; however this belief is false (Rodier, 1998, p. 122). The early childhood vaccinations that children receive do not cause autism. A direct cause for autism has

  • Preterm Birth And Pre-Term Birth

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    Introduction This paper is used to gain a better understanding of premature births and the causes of pre-term birth in relation to genetics and environmental effects. Also, it will look into what premature birth means for the growth and development of the effected child throughout his/her life. A normal human gestation period is about 40 weeks from the start of the last menstrual period until childbirth. Any labor that begins before 37 weeks of pregnancy is considered preterm labor. Preterm birth