Wednesday, April 13, 2016

       This research is being performed on individuals who are healthy and have a genetic predisposition towards developing a serious illness or condition. It is fascinating to see how people can be resistant to illnesses, such as cystic fibrosis, because their genome caused them to. Cystic fibrosis is a condition caused by a single gene mutation. I want to look further into this and discover how exactly they can be resistant and stay healthy when they have these mutations that predisposition them to have the illness. Also, like Bob Williamson from the University of Melbourne, I am happy that they decided to focus on health participants for the study instead of those who are ill. This gives a new perspective on the study, and it can give viewpoint how the genomes of the participants are resistant. This opens a door to many more possibilities to be discovered than what can be found if ill participants were studied. It is not very common that health participants are studied and that stands out to me, personally.

      With this research, we could expand into finding more information on illnesses such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and cystic fibrosis.

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