Finding the Genetic Cause of a Health Condition - The Future of Medicine?
-What is genetic cause of a health condition?
A genetic cause is an alteration of the DNA sequence that alters the DNA code of a gene. This change in the code can be passed on to future generations, and can cause an inherited disease.
A single-gene disorder is a genetic condition that is caused by a single gene with a mutation. There are many types of single-gene disorders, some of which are more common than others. One type of single-gene disorder is sickle cell anemia, which is caused by one mutated copy of the HBB gene.
-How does someone find out if an individual has a genetic trait for breast cancer?
The person can get a genetic test to find out if they have the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene.
There are many ways to find out if someone has a genetic trait for breast cancer. They could get a genetic test, or they could ask their family members about the history of breast cancer in their family.
-What are some good examples of hereditary diseases?
We will explore some of the most common hereditary diseases and their symptoms.
Some examples of hereditary diseases are:
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Tay-Sachs Disease
- Huntington's Disease