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Meiosis, the kind of cell reproduction in which parent cells pass genetic traits to their offspring, is typically an accurate process. Mistakes in the process, known as mutations, are rare, and not all mutations lead to changes in an organism. Some mutations, however, have significant negative effects. Genetic mutations during meiosis have produced human diseases such as hemophilia, sickle cell anemia, and cystic fibrosis. Since abnormalities in the genome cause these diseases, any true cure must address a person’s genetic makeup. Amazingly, scientists are exploring ways to change human genes to treat these diseases. For this week’s Discussion, you conduct research to identify and learn about a genetic disease that interests you. You explore current treatments for the disease, as well as treatments under development. Then, you recommend a promising treatment based on your analysis.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Day 2 a 1- to 2-paragraph response to the Discussion Spark.
It is now possible for people to have all of their genes sequenced for ~$7,000-$10,000. Knowing the sequence of your genes will give you information about your genealogy, ancestry, general health, and predisposition to disease. If sequencing your genes becomes even more affordable (~$100), would you do it? Why or why not?
Post by Day 4 a recommendation (at least two paragraphs long) for a promising treatment of the genetic disease you selected. The recommendation should include:
A brief description of the genetic disease and how it occurs
An explanation of the treatment you selected
Reasons why this treatment is particularly promising
References to at least two sources outside of the Required Resources
All references cited in APA format