Biotechnology And Alzheimer's Disease

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Biotechnology | “Human DNA Can Be Successfully Altered Through the Use of Biotechnology” | Travis Simpson The Rise of Modern Science, 110 | Life is a funny thing. There are tons of diseases that are killing people each day. Some people do manage to survive with the help of painful treatments, but I am sure they wish that the treatments could be easier, work faster, and more effectively. Others want to reverse or stop the aging process all together. They look in the mirror and see the wrinkles and age lines appearing on their once young faces. Biotechnologists are currently researching ways to cure deadly diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s and even researching human immortality by altering the…show more content…
It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. People 65 and over usually suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. This particular disease is progressive, meaning it worsens over time. In early stages, memory loss is mild, but after several months or years, the patient’s ability to remember things, or hold a conversation is greatly affected. People with Alzheimer’s disease live an average of eight years after the onset of the disease. As of late, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. (alz.org, 2011) Alzheimer’s is the death of nerve cells in the brain. Over time, as the cells die, the brain shrinks dramatically, affecting its functions. (alz.org, 2011) In an Alzheimer’s patient’s brain, the cortex, which controls basic thinking, planning and remembering, shrivels up. Next, the hippocampus, which forms new memories, shrinks as well. After the shrinkage, fluid-filled spaces called ventricles begin to form and grow larger. Plaque and tangles, which are twisted strands of protein, begin to form on nerve cells in the brain. The plaque and tangles are believed to be the cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Plaque is made up of Beta-Amyloid, which clump together and surround nerve cells in the brain. Tangles destroy essential transport systems in the brain. As Alzheimer’s progresses, the brain dies, impairing the patient’s ability to care for…show more content…
Obviously, with the testing still in its infancy, it is hard to see many pros to the Singularity situation. If Singularity is achieved, who gets to be made immortal first? Death is a part of life. People are supposed to die. Would “playing God” affect the human race? Also, there is the question of religion. Some people believe that God is the creator and destroyer of all, while others do not. If Singularity and immortality is achieved, what happens to religion? Millions of people may begin to question and wonder about their faith practices. Something that has been around for tens of thousands of years can be brought to its knees in an instant if Singularity is achieved. Although the bad may outweigh the good here, there is some good to achieving Singularity. The human race will no longer have to fear death. People can live as long as they like if DNA can be reproduced and made
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