Topic: You may choose any disease or malady that affects the human body. This is can be a genetic disease or something that develops independently of genetics.
Topic: You may choose any disease or malady that affects the human body. This is can be a genetic disease or something that develops independently of genetics. You must inform me of what disease you have chosen in writing (by email preferred) by the start of class Tuesday August 23rd.
– Each paper must follow APA 7.0 format. If you are not familiar with APA 7.0 you can find templates through Microsoft Office and online. You can also ask the Writing Lab or TLC for help or go to the writing center.
– Each resource must be fully cited within the text, and all citations must be included in the Bibliography. Any time you include information in your research paper that can from an outside source and not your own head, the source needs to be cited. As a rule of thumb, if you are actively reading about the topic and then writing about it as you go, you need to cite your source.
If you spend a couple hours researching your disease then write about it later, then you may not need to cite as much as you are synthesizing information. If you do this, I recommend keeping a list of all websites that you visit, so if you do need to cite something you know where it came from.
– Each paper must be a minimum of five full pages in length, double spaced. This does not include the title page or the bibliography. You must have five full pages of content. There is no maximum page length.
– Do not wait to pick a topic and get started on this paper. It may take you more time than you realize, so get started early. This paper should take you at least several hours to write. The less you know about your disease starting out, and the less you know about the affected body systems, the more time it should take you to complete the assignment.
Do you have the same eye and hair color as many of your family members? The same thing can happen with diseases—they can be passed down from one family member to another. The way this happens is through genes, the genetic information that you get directly from your parents. In most cases, diseases or other problems do not have one single cause. They come from a combination of your genes, your choices, and your environment.
Most genes we get from our parents are copies that work the same way they do in our parents. But sometimes, a gene is not a perfect copy. Changes in genes are called mutations, and everyone has some. Some mutations work better than the original, and many make no difference at all.
Some mutations cause problems. A condition that is caused by mutations in one or more genes is called a genetic disorder. There is a group of rare diseases caused by mutations in one gene at a time. These are called single-gene disorders. But most common diseases are caused by a combination of gene changes, lifestyle choices, and your environment.
Mutations can be inherited from a parent to a child (“hereditary”) or they can happen during a person’s lifetime (“acquired”). Acquired mutations can be caused by environmental factors such as ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
The acquired mutations you develop during your lifetime are in cells called somatic cells—the cells that make up most of your body. They may cause problems for you, such as skin cancer, but you cannot pass them to your children.