mullerk's Genetics Class

SUNY Ulster
by langm349 on April 6, 2017
It seems like far too often I am hearing about friends or former classmates that have become addicted to heroin or have overdosed. It can be so frustrating sometimes, and you think to yourself why someone would do that, or why don’t they just stop. It is well known that addictions are extremely hard to overcome, but there may be another factor playing a part. An article published on March 27th, 2017 suggests that there is a connection between the low activity C allele of MAOA rs1137070 and a higher sensitivity to heroin addiction.

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SUNY Ulster
by skyfogarty1265 on March 25, 2017
The overall purpose of breeding to create a see-through frog was done in order to benefit students, and the organisms themselves. Often, frogs are used for visual labs in schools, colleges, etc. Therefore scientists wanted to create a frog that could be used as a model without being dissected in order to observe its organs, blood vessels, and structure. By breeding two recessive colored frogs by artificial insemination, F2 generation offsprings of the Rapa Japonica frog, created an entirely translucent variation of the species.

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by SchwerdtfegerK on March 23, 2017
“Human melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) gene variants alter melanoma cell growth and adhesion to extracellular matrix” examines the long-known connection between mutations in the gene MC1R and predisposition to skin cancer. This gene is responsible for the production of melanin, a protein which affects external pigmentation, in particular affecting the hair and skin color of humans.

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3 years 2 weeks ago

This review caught my attention as it was only last year or so that the Zika virus was making all the headlines. Those of us who followed the ‘epidemic’ from a genetic standpoint must have heard the Fed’s approval to release genetically modified mosquitos to fight Zika.

Now I wonder which plan would be more effective (and practical) against malaria and other mosquito-born illnesses. Would we somehow expose mosquitos on a mass scale to Saccharomyces cerevisiae (by adding the yeast to all water sources), or release GMO mosquitos into the wild?

One thing I am certain of, thanks to lateral gene transfer and plasmids, mosquito-born viruses would probably adapt at some point regardless of the strategy.

3 years 2 weeks ago

I was startled by the Zika virus two semesters ago when it was the talking point for one of my classmates speeches in public speaking. She was from New Zealand and she was informing us of what the virus was, how it was transmitted, and what kind of effects it had on it's carriers. I was shocked to find out about how it causes birth defects in the child when an infected woman becomes pregnant. However, I was floored to learn that the Zika virus has been around for over fifty years and it's only becoming a widespread issue now? Where has the reporting been for the last several decades for this potential pandemic? I'm glad to know that there is a vaccine in the works, because it has some scary potential to effect a lot of unsuspecting people.

3 years 2 weeks ago

I have one article summited in this class about Hsp60 before, and I think this medicine can only apply on a small open wounds but not in surgery. can this medicine wok well on diabetic patients because I have some experiences that some medicine like this don't really work for them?

3 years 2 weeks ago

I believe there are many other diseases have the same symptoms like this one. But is there a particular location/area provided? Is this involved with the environment or food sources? Or maybe a sex-linked disease?

3 years 2 weeks ago

I find this research very interesting. the fact that they can find a correlation between the two is amazing scientifically. it is sad to see how people still smoke while pregnant. yeah it may not cause direct or immediate harm to your child but it causes complications down the road for the child. the child could get cancer and never smoked a day in their life and now their children could be mentally handicapped even though they did everything right during pregnancy. a mother can not even protect her own baby before birth because grandma was either unaware of the harm she was doing or just didn't care all together. I also think that now with todays social acceptance a grandmother wont admit to smoking while pregnant being afraid of ridicule.

3 years 2 weeks ago

I agree with your statement that if scientists figure out every little aspect of how genetics plays a role in parental behavior that we as humans will try and incorporate this into our daily lives. we have seen people do some weird things to make sure they have the perfect kids and or family, like genetic testing to make sure they either have a girl or boy. I believe that man kind would take these tests and make it into a social ladder. everyone will get tested and where ever you fall in the "good parenting" category, determines how good of a parent you will be. females and males will try and get with someone with the highest level of parenting skills.

3 years 2 weeks ago

It's amazing to see new species that evolve every once on a while. This sort of reminds me about the case with ligers and tigons and how they are able to interbreed between themselves and new species are formed. This also tells me a little about human evolution. Maybe this is how humans have evolved; mating between hominids and some other types of species. Through natural selection, certain genes out compete others which lead to the formation of human beings.

3 years 2 weeks ago

Interesting. I am clad that research on the topic of cancer is continuous and that many techniques have been studied but unfortunately, none of them works out. I have also heard that breast cancer is associated with early menstrual cycle, late pregnancies and in those who don't breast feed. I wondered if those with higher RAPTA-T and RAPTA-EA have anything to do with those conditions....

3 years 2 weeks ago

Interesting. I am clad that research on the topic of cancer is continuous and that many techniques have been studied but unfortunately, none of them works out. I have also heard that breast cancer is associated with early menstrual cycle, late pregnancies and in those who don't breast feed. I wondered if those with higher RAPTA-T and RAPTA-EA have anything to do with those conditions....

3 years 2 weeks ago

Interesting. I am clad that research on the topic of cancer is continuous and that many techniques have been studied but unfortunately, none of them works out. I have also heard that breast cancer is associated with early menstrual cycle, late pregnancies and in those who don't breast feed. I wondered if those with higher RAPTA-T and RAPTA-EA have anything to do with those conditions....

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