Sometimes, a disease or debilitating health condition is caused by one or more genetic changes that occur inside the body.
Many diseases or conditions caused by defective genetic code have few treatment options. Conventional medicine often treats the symptoms of the disease or slows down the disease. Doctors use cell and gene medicine in an attempt to resolve the underlying genetic defect.
What causes genes to mutate?
This is what a physician scientist may see when searching for a mutation. This is an autoradiogram (X-ray film) of DNA showing a ras gene which has mutated, and which is associated with bowel cancer. The pattern of black bands represents the coded structure of the gene. A segment of the gene (see the arrow drawn on the image) has mutated to an abnormal code “CAC”. As a result of the gene mutation, an abnormal protein is produced. Mutated sequences of the ras gene cause almost half of human bowel cancers. This gene mutation was identified using a technique called ARMS (Amplification Refractory Mutation System). The photograph was taken at ICRF Applied Development Laboratory, UK.
Especially for Children (Ages 5-9)
Author: Dr. Claudia Zylberberg, CEO of Akron Biotech
The book takes children on a journey with games and activities that help them learn about how trillions of cells with trillions of genes work to make each child unique.
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