Gene Therapy – Kimaya

I chose this issue because i thought it was an interesting subject and that it could change the world. My dad’s company has a section that works on it, and he told me about it. I found it fascinating that genetic diseases (and other ones as well) could be treated by genes. Another thing that hooked me was that it can cure cancer which was previously extremely difficult to cure. This issue is relevant to me since we are teenagers right now, and by the time we grow into adults, this could be a vital part in our lives. Another way it could affect me (and other teenagers) is because other around us or us could need gene therapy.

While researching i learnt many things about gene therapy. One of things i learnt about it was what it does. Gene therapy either replaces a mutated gene (one that could cause diseases) with a healthy copy of the gene, “knocks out” (inactivates) a mutated gene (that again, isn’t working as it should be), or introduces a new gene to the body that helps fight the disease. Another thing i learnt is how its done. Usually, it’s done by using a harmless virus to carry genetic cargo into cells. There are two ways that gene therapy is performed; inside or outside the body. When it’s done inside the body, the doctors would inject the virus carrying the gene directly into the part of the body that has the mutated cells. When it’s done out of the body, blood or bone marrow is taken out of the patients’ body and immature (harmless) cells are separated out. Then, a gene is added into those cells and they are injected back into the patient. The last thing i learnt is that. The out of body method has been tested on children with immunodeficiancy (also known as SCID); a syndrome where patients are unable to fight infection, and often die in childhood. More than 30 patients with SCID have been treated using gene therapy, and more than 90% of them have been cured of this syndrome. A 90% success rate is extremely high. However, the 10% of children who were not cured instead developed cancer and died as they were unable to battle it. This is why it isn’t in use yet. My thinking has changed a lot over the course of this because before this i literally had no idea anything like this could ever exist. I believed that cancer was extremely hard to cure, and some genetic diseases were impossible to cure. Now i know that this is not the case, and instead it’s almost as if the genetic disorders are being stopped from their roots. However, we should be very sure that this is 100% successful before using it because it could make or break so someones life.


This relates to my topic because it shows a mutated gene being inactivated or knocked out OR a mutated gene being replaced by a healthy copy.

The affects of stress-Logan kanigan

I chose to do my project on the affects of stress because when i made it my life was under a lot of stress due to friends and family.  Stress is a hormone that is relist when the brain is under suppress. It was necessary for survival.  It can keep people on your toes but if you have stress to often it can be bad. It can make you do rash desertions and give you and insecure felling.


I learned that it is important for you to have some stress but i learned that if you have a lot of stress you can not concentrate and you cant focus. It can make you thing some things are correct when you are not.

The Affects Cocaine on humans -Jaden

I  chose cocaine because I had a friend in toronto who had a relative that had a cocaine addiction, this friend was very close to me. Cocaine ran his life and it was the only thing he thought or cared about. Cocaine had swallowed his life, and there was no way he could go back to his previous life.  I learned that Cocaine also physically destroys the areas that you apply them to, like the nasal cavity if snorted.

I now think that cocaine is a highway to destroying your life because of the ways that it mentally addicts you to it, and the way that it causes you to rely on it in your lows and let it consume your physical and mental needs. Physically it causes the arteries to retract, this means that the cocaine travels through the lungs, into the blood stream and to the brain, the brain then associates the cocaine with a feel-good feeling and remembers it by that feeling and gots hooked, craving the drug.

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Poliomyletis – James Price

Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. In areas with poor sanitation, the virus easily spreads through the fecal-oral route, via contaminated water or food. It is caused by the poliovirus. The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis (can’t move parts of the body). The reason I had chosen this topic is because I was curious about this topic.