Gene Therapy: Embryonic Engineering and the Future of Human Evolution

Welcome to Part 3 of my series on gene therapy and genetic engineering. If you haven’t already, I’d suggest reading Parts 1 and 2 before you continue: Introduction to Gene Therapy: It Sounds Simple, But It’s Sure Not Easy Gene Therapy: Vectors, Viruses, and Why CRISPR Will Change Everything Today, we’re talking about the second major challenge with gene therapy – getting replacement DNA into EVERY affected cell in a patient’s body – and why…

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Gene Therapy: Vectors, Viruses, and Why CRISPR Will Change Everything

Welcome to Part 2 of my series on gene therapy! If you haven’t already, I recommend that you read Part 1, Introduction to Gene Therapy: It Sounds Simple, But It’s Sure Not Easy, before continuing with this post. Ready? Here we go. Viruses: FedEx For Genes Gene therapy involves repairing or replacing a faulty gene that has led to disease. In order to do that, one major hurdle must be overcome: getting new DNA into…

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Thoughts on Finishing Season 12 of Supernatural on Netflix

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!   HOW CAN YOU KILL THAT MANY KEY CHARACTERS IN A SINGLE EPISODE ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS THERE HAD BETTER BE SOME SERIOUS RESURRECTIONS COMING IN THE PREMIER OF SEASON 13 OR THERE WILL BE RAAAAAAAAGE!!! Am I overreacting here? The post Thoughts on Finishing Season 12 of Supernatural on Netflix appeared first on L. E. Carmichael.

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Introduction to Gene Therapy: It Sounds Simple, But It’s Sure Not Easy

Muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), cancer… they all have one thing in common. They are genetic diseases, ultimately caused by missing or malfunctioning genes in the patient’s DNA. Until recently, we could treat the symptoms of many genetic diseases, but not the causes. There was no way to reach inside a person’s genes and repair the faulty code that started the whole problem. Research into gene therapy aims to change that. What is…

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New Province, New Adventures

So I live in Ontario now. It’s not a whole lot different yet, probably because I spend 90% of my time in the house and when I leave, it’s for Home Depot or groceries. Because new houses need curtain rods and shelving, and, well, there is only so long a person with food allergies can survive on even the most well-researched take out. Last weekend, though, Tech Support and I decided it was time to…

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Finding a New Normal

*looks around* *blows cyber dust off the blog* *tries to remember how to write a post* It’s been a year. In some ways a wonderful year, in some ways a really rough one. Most of all, a very full year, both schedule-wise and emotionally. A lot of things I would otherwise love to do didn’t happen, because I had to lighten my schedule or lose my mind. Other things I would otherwise love to do…

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Six Ways to Purge Your Stuff… BEFORE You Move It

The stuff, how it does accumulate. Thanks to cupboards and closets and storage spaces, we don’t even realize how much… until we have to move it. The last time Tech Support and I moved, we had five days between completion of the sale and possession date. We called professional movers and they loaded every single item we owned, because we simply didn’t have time to do things any other way. Our new house wasn’t ready…

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Science Predicts Hurricanes, but People Endure Them

My grandparents lived in Texas for a long time, so I’ve spent a lot of time there over the years. Even though I’m thousands of miles away, Hurricane Harvey feels personal to me. I can’t even image how it feels to those who are living it first hand. But amidst the devastation, I find hope. In times like these, issues of politics, race, and religion fall away, and there are only people, coming together to…

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Scenes From My Kitchen: A Musical

Me: *stumbles downstairs in the morning to find kitchen a hive of activity* Tech Support: Morning! I did the thing and the stuff and that other thing, and all that jazz. Me: *channeling Catherine Zeta Jones* Come with me, I know a whoopty spot, where the GIN is cold, but the PIANO’S hot; it’s just a noisy hall where there’s a nightly brawl and ALL…. THAT… JAAAAAAAAZZ Tech Support: *jazz hands* Happy Friday! The post…

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You May Now Stalk Me on Goodreads

What’s the first thing you do when you visit someone’s house for the first time? Admire their kitchen backsplash? Poke through the medicine cabinet? Not me. I go straight for the bookshelves. I LOVE snooping through other people’s bookshelves. If they have books I’ve read and loved, I know we can be friends. And if not, well, at least now we have something to talk about until I can come up with a polite excuse…

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