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Genetic Engineering Statistics
Fantasy talk: This is the kind of thing for high school bull sessions, not serious discussions. As soon as a few uncommon diseases responded to gene therapy, even the "militant greens" stopped screaming that it was unethical / immoral / degrading, etc., etc. We are nowhere near designing people with weird body parts as in science fiction. Life's hard enough without folks creating "debates" unrelated to reality. ...Read more
From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more
Of food?: If you are speaking of genetically engineering food....This has allowed farmers to feed more people than ever before. I know there is some controversy with this technique, but food for hungry people is a good thing. You seem like a deep thinker... Perhaps discuss this topic with your pastor, priest, rabbi or any other person who may have an insight on this topic. ...Read more
Geeze: I can't speak for all doctors. HealthTap is here to provide medical education/ information. People are likely to have different opinions on the matter - but I am not sure an ethical debate is best for this forum. ...Read more
Better than animal: Human insulin, unlike pork and beef insulin, is identical to what your body produces. It is made by inserting the gene for human insulin into a common bacteria and can be made in unlimited quantities. Animal insulins are made from pancreas of slaughtered cows and pigs and the supply is limited so human insulin is now used exclusively. ...Read more
Make missing protein: The general strategy is this. In parkinson disease, the cells that produce Dopamine are dying, Dopamine levels go down, and the symptoms and problems develop. Via gene therapy, a gene gets introduced that produces dopamine. It goes to where the Dopamine is needed, and problem solved. Except that it isn't so simple with many diseases. It has been helpful in ada deficiency, ie "bubble boy" disease. ...Read more
No: All attempts at genetic engineering have so far failed for any disease. ...Read more
Controversial: Significant moral and scientific controversies in use of genetic engineering and cloning. Limited experience in the long-term outcomes make both issues limited to laboratory and animal studies. ...Read more
Still research: Stem cells and cloning are research tools but they offer the hope of treating some disorders that may not have any other successful treatments. Consider new pancreas cells to treat diabetes, cells to correct parkinsons, etc. I doubt anyone has a good idea of where cloning will be of benefit. Any technology can be abused but let's focus on the good hopeful uses. ...Read more
Could preimplantation genetic diagnosis or genetic engineering get rid of diseases like Marfan syndrome?
Yes: An embryo could be tested for the Marfan mutation and only implanted if it did not contain that mutation. The same is true for a large number of other autosomal dominant or recessive diseases. ...Read more
In High School:
Math, Chemistry and Biology are a start, See how you perform and how you enjoy these courses. If your High School offers Physics that would be an excellent addition!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more
None that I know: The subject of creating new organs and body parts for human beings in the lab is fascinating and has already produced artificial tracheas. It is almost certain to produce new vessels and new surfaces for joints. The more a person knows about how real science and medical research work, the less this will frighten you -- cranks make capital by warning about the "dangers" of everything that helps us. ...Read more
Tissue engineering: Field that aims to re-create functional, healthy tissues and organs in order to replace diseased or dying tissue. Some of the main challenges is not on the scientific side, but in the application of the technology. Be patient. ...Read more
Suitable: There is nothing about software engineering that would endanger you or cause seizures. Older CRT monitors did present a problem, but newer flat screen monitors have not caused any problems. ...Read more
Ok: What is the question you want answered? ...Read more
I workout in gym and also studying engineering. I feel weakness and I am also thin. I need supplement, would you suggest me?
How can I fight depression? Daily I make some goals but then I am failed to start my routine and day is over. I am engineering student
Have an engineering deg. Having memory probs. Psych gave me 3 words to recall & 5 min later I could recall 1. Will taking off lamitcal make me better?
The most helpful: Thing to do is get examined by a neuropsychologist. He/she will test you and give you practical information about the functioning of your brain and things to do the maximize potential. Peace and good health. ...Read more
When you've been a recovering addict in a methadone clinic for a year and you get laid off, so can't afford it anymore. What are your options? I am a double time student going for my masters in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics, so I can
Pause: Discuss your financial difficulties, full time student status, &your commitment to recovery with the clinic. Some have private donors who may sponsor you. Some have a sliding scale. Some workout a payment plan. Some manufacturers provide free supply of medications to those with financial hardship. Or pause your life now to treat your problem for good as it won't get any easier in the future. ...Read more
Homework, right?: There are no disadvantages to a technology that has no alternative, doesn't harm the community, heals disability and saves lives. Visit http://www. Sciencedaily. Com/releases/2008/11/081119092939.Htm and decide whether you might be better served as a student by learning how this modern miracle was achieved, rather than invented "controversies" / "frankenstein talk.". ...Read more
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