• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Cystic Fibrosis

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs and the digestive system. As of yet there is no cure for this disease, however there are treatments available to people who have cystic fibrosis. There are different types of treatment to help with the lungs and the digestive system. One of the types of treatment of the lungs that can help people with cystic fibrosis is chest physiotherapy this is important because it help to get rid of the sticky mucus that builds up in the lungs. Most people have two physiotherapy treatments a day however this can vary. Physiotherapy should start from the time of diagnosis. Another treatment for cystic fibrosis is medication there are many different types of medication antibiotics can be taken which help fight any possible infection in the lungs, these can be injected or inhaled through a nebuliser. ...read more.

Middle

The adenovirus which is one of the causes of the common cold is an example of a virus that has been used. Another way in which genes are inserted into the cells is through liposomes which are fatty substances. The gene gets coated in the liposome which encourages the gene to enter the cell. The other treatments for cystic fibrosis take a lot of the patient's time however they can increase life expectancy. After the gene for cystic fibrosis was identified by scientists a series of studies in the laboratory and eventually on humans they did studies into both viruses and liposomes. However there still challenges facing scientists one is getting the gene into the cell more efficiently because it will make the gene last longer, however this can be overcome with new developments into new viruses and liposomes. ...read more.

Conclusion

Personally I think that gene therapy should be use to treat genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis because some of the genetic diseases that people have to live with have no permanent cure and so they are wasting away the time they could use to live their lives on treatments that just hide the pain and take away the symptoms associated with the genetic disease they have. I don't think that gene therapy should be used for cosmetical reasons e.g. altering height etc. In conclusion gene therapy is a good thing that can be used to help treat the causes of genetic diseases not just the symptoms that are associated with them. I think that eventually in the future there will be major developments into scientific technology which will enable scientists to come up with new treatments that work effectively to help treat the causes and symptoms of genetic diseases or research will be done into finding cures for these genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis. http://www.world-of-fungi.org/Mostly_Medical/William_Bates/ethics.htm http://www.srtp.org.uk/genthpy1.htm#Issues ?? ?? ?? ?? Hannah Conboy Biology cystic fibrosis report ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Genetics, Evolution & Biodiversity section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Genetics, Evolution & Biodiversity essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Should Gene therapy be allowed to prevent cystic fibrosis?

    3 star(s)

    * Then biggest of all issues is its ethical, legal and religious concerns, many believe if prenatal tests were completed that these could lead to the increase in abortions, furthermore religious groups are considering manipulating an individuals as corrupting God's work.

  2. Investigate how the height to width ratio of Limpets varies with distance from sea

    This may be due to less exposure to water or protection from prevailing winds. I will construct the profile and work up shore to ensure that all measurements are taken along the calculated belt transect. * Predators - Starfish and Seagulls are the most common predators to the Limpet, therefore numbers may be reduced.

  1. The Biology of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and the Social Implications

    However, it is about integration, with adequate support and training. Segregating autistic children may also have the same effect as autistic children grow older because of that feeling of not fitting in with society. What the Make Schools Make Sense Report Concluded Every child has the potential to learn and

  2. Biology Coursework: Does Acupuncture relieve pain?

    Very rare cases of complications are reported from use of acupuncture. However, certain problems of infection and organ rupture are observed if not delivered properly. Always make sure that the acupuncturist is registered and qualified enough to perform acupuncture, otherwise there may be chances of improper needle placement that can lead to bleeding, swelling and pain in the treatment site.

  1. case study- cystic fibrosis

    Stem cells are important to biomedical researchers because they can be used to generate virtually any type of specialized cell in the human body. Stem cells are extracted from the egg after it has divided for 5 days. The egg at this stage of development is called a blast cyst.

  2. inherited diseases - cystic fibrosis

    In 1989, the location where the of the defective gene on chromosome number 7 is was discovered by Francis S. Collins from University of Michigan. Tests can now be taken to see if an unborn child is infected with CF such tests are amniocentesis, chronic villus biopsy3 and a removal of cells from the embryo during invitro.

  1. Cystic Fibrosis

    In 1989, the location where the of the defective gene on chromosome number 7 is was discovered by Francis S. Collins from University of Michigan. Tests can now be taken to see if an unborn child is infected with CF such tests are amniocentesis, chronic villus biopsy3 and a removal of cells from the embryo during invitro.

  2. Gm foods and Gene therapy

    19% of these GM crops were improved for insect pest resistance, 74% of herbicide tolerance and 7% for both pest tolerance and herbicide tolerance. Averages of GM crops have rose 25-fold in only 5 years globally from about 4.3 million acres in 1996 - 109 acres in 2000.This is just about double the location of the UK.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work