Potential role of copy number variation in autism
By: Effie Moore Salem
Autism is an abnormal neurological development in children that shortchanges them in skills necessary for getting along in life. These, pervasive development disorders (PDDs) or another label, ASDs (autism spectrum disorders, are nearly always recognizable by the age of three. Copy number variation—sometimes spoken...
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Real time polymerase chain reaction, also known as RT-PCR, is a new take on an established genetic research technique. The polymerase chain reaction, PCR, is the amplification of a sequence of DNA using the cell's own system of DNA replication. Geneticists and Medical Researchers use...
By: Leonard Konis
Alcoholism or alcohol dependence is impaired control over drinking, preoccupation with drinking withdrawal symptoms, and/or high tolerance to alcohol. Approximately 100,000 deaths per year associated to alcoholism. Nearly fourteen million Americans, have an alcohol problem. Probability of inheriting, genetic potential for alcoholism (disease)...
Pre-Implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) explained
By: Aditi Jain
It has been over a decade since Dr. Perry Phillips, obstetrician and gynecologist, announced "the beginning of the end of genetic disease." With the advancement of medicine, the end of genetic disease has become a possibility, as Phillips refers to the future implications of...
Genotyping and NNRTI mutations: Where do we go from here as HIV populations get older?
By: Eugene Jacquescoley DO PhD
Each year at the HIV Resistance Conference, the issue of non-adherence or (non-compliance) and genotyping surfaces as it relates to HIV treatment regimens. In an effort to vigorously address this issue, resistance or phenotype testing has gained traction.As genotyping procedures have increasingly become more...
By: Chris Wickham
The Human Genome Project is a worldwide effort formally initiated in October 1990 which intended to last fifteen years but was completed early in 2003. In general, the project aimed to map the human genome and store the information gathered for further biological and medicinal...
By: Laura Howard
Engineering and therapy. Both very normal, harmless words with normal meanings. However, put the word "Genetic, or Gene" in front of them, then they become controversial. Genetic Engineering (GE) and Gene Therapy (GT) have caused a colossal outburst from a cross section of society in...
By: George Efstathiou
Dolly, the first cloned mammal, started an international debate on whether scientists should use this new technology to clone humans or not. Today, 10 years later, some countries prohibit human cloning, others allow therapeutic cloning, while there are scientists around the world claiming that cloned...
By: Allen Teal
Dolly and the cloned cows are still mostly novelty items. However, to clone an animal intended for breeding or human consumption does not seem to actually cross too many ethical lines. It is not significantly different than cross-breeding to improve genetic lines. As long as...
By: Keith Anderson - 52976
My personal belief is that cloning of humans is not an "if" thing, it is a "when" thing. The technology is available now. It could be done, but at what cost? The debate over when life begins is a quagmire that I have no desire...

 

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