I was quite touched by the story of the young blind girl that Dr.
Nora Yang was talking about in her biography. The part where the girl could finally see again was just wonderful. This was all because of conducting various experiments in the biological field. I really think it is interesting to see the biological field increase in its vastness and think it is important to appreciate biology to the fullest. I never knew that there were so many rare diseases impacting many individuals. I have always been interested in rare diseases that scientists have found about in their research or their experiments.
I really would always like to learn more about these disease and their findings, which eventually leads me to keep on researching the disease more and more. I really think that these diseases and other common diseases should both be funded, because rare and common diseases can affect any individual. I do not think that any person should be left behind in their treatment procedures for any sort of disease. Everyone should be given equal and fair treatment, giving them a better life (and even giving their loved ones and close family members the same feeling). I was interested in the function of calcium ions in muscular dystrophy.
During muscular dystrophy, there are more numbers of calcium ions in the cell, causing many more proteases to form. These proteases start to attack good proteins that are needed for the cells to regulate them in a normal manner. In turn, this does damage to the muscle cell. It is interesting how muscular dystrophy can have an effect on the rest of the body as well. There are changes in the heart muscle and in the diaphragm.
It can also harshly effect the gastrocnemius muscles, the arms, and the entire spinal region. I had learned in my previous biology classes that muscular dystrophy can be affected in primarily males (since this is a sex linked disease and is carried on the mother’s X chromosome, who will pass this X chromosome onto her son). Since muscular dystrophy is a genetic disease, this means that there is some sort of mutation in the dystrophin gene (thus when this gene is coded into a protein, the protein may be a bad protein instead of a good protein).