Tay Sachs Disease Essay

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Imagine that there is a disease that is terrible and causes trouble for you every day, there is no cure, there is only the dragging on of day after day. This is Tay Sachs Disease, it is a disease that is lifelong, that is, unless it kills you early on in life. This disease has lots of symptoms. These symptoms are a result of how the disease affects the brain and its functionality. This disease is an inherited disease, and is known as a serious genetic disease.(“Health and Wellness Resource center and Alternative Health Module”). This disease is a autosomally recessive disease that is caused by a defect in the HEXA gene which provides instructions for making part of an enzyme called beta hexosaminidase A, which is critical in the brain…show more content…
Without this enzyme working properly, there will be a toxic buildup of ganglioside in the brain causing serious and life-threatening complications. (“Student Resources in Context Tay-Sachs “World of Health.Gale,2007.Student Resources in context.Web.22 May 2014”).Which is why the symptoms are so serious and normally result in the death of the person that has this disease. The person doesn't necessarily die from the actual disease sometimes, it can actually be from complications caused by this disease. 1 in 3600 Jewish infants are born with Tay Sachs disease. (“Student Resources in Context Tay-Sachs “World of Health.Gale,2007.Student Resources in context.Web.22 May 2014”). This disease, although it may not seem like it, is a autosomally recessive disease that has to be inherited through parents that either have the disease or are both carriers. Parents can be carriers and not even know it because this disease is recessive so both recessive alleles have to be present in order for the disease to show itself. Interestingly, 1 in 27 eastern European Jews are carriers for this disease. (“Student Resources in Context Tay-Sachs “World of Health.Gale,2007.Student Resources in context.Web.22 May 2014”). Two of the three forms listed above are fatal and result in death not very late after diagnosis. Death normally occurs at a young age as the

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