ALS: The Only Organ That Affect A Person's Life

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The brain has always been one my favorite subjects in biology, because the brain is the control center of the body and it also has an endless amount potential to do anything or solve any problem. It’s amazing to me that at the beginning of life, single celled organisms created a brain like structure called a nucleus and that the brain evolved as organisms became multi-cellular into what we seen now; a huge community of cells that communicate through chemical and electrical signals capable of love, compassion, and invention. However, the brain has a dark-side which compels me to learn more about its structure and function. The brain seems to be the only organ that when diseased can affect a person’s life on every level; socially, psychologically, functionally, and physically. I have seen first-hand what a diseased brain can do to a person, their family, and their community. The devastation is enormous and it spares no one. The brain can become diseased by so many different causes that when I learn of a new disease that affects the brain I become emotionally invested and interested in that subject. I became interested in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis six months ago when I watched a new movie called “Gleason.” That movie illustrates the full progression of ALS. The devastation that I witness on the subject and his family was almost…show more content…
The pathophysiology of ALS can be simplified to the process in which the cells within the central nervous system start to collect aggregates or inclusions within the cytoplasm. These inclusions within the cell can be made up of a large range of materials from defective proteins to damaging free radicals. The result of these inclusions eventually lead to cellular death also known as apoptosis. The pathophysiology behind Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis can be linked to two major causes, genetic mutations and an inflammatory response by the
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