Genetic Enlightenment

Scholarship Entrant: Daryoush from Woodland Hills, California
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Daryoush: 72

The human genome is the most awe-inspiring mechanism within the human body. If I were able to acquire a steady income researching the 23 chromosomes that exist within our genome I would be the happiest biology major on the planet. With genetic disease not being a very profitable market for pharmaceutical companies ( Only 1 in 10 Americans suffer from a rare genetic condition) not many people are researching or trying to find cures for these horrendous diseases. If given the opportunity, I would begin by researching Huntington’s disease. Huntington’s is a fatal genetic disease which causes nerve degeneration. Eventually Huntington’s patients lose voluntary movement of their muscles and lose the ability to communicate. Upon a humans fourth chromosome lay a repetition of glutamine codons (CAG). If a person has just one too many of these glutamine codons on this chromosome they are said to have Huntington’s disease. The higher the repetition of glutamine codons, the earlier the disease will affect them in their lifetime. The cure for this genetic disease would save not only the lives of current Huntington’s patients, but also their offspring’s lives and their offspring’s after that and so on. Genetic research is the way of the future it will change the world and it will save millions of lives.

Vote for Daryoush: 72

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