Tay-Sachs Disease

Tay-Sachs Disease

by Jeri Freedman
     
 

Tay-Sachs disease is a rare, hereditary disease that affects young children, primarily Ashkenazi Jews, French Canadians, and other isolated or self-selecting populations. Caused by the lack of an enzyme that leads to a buildup of fats in nerve and brain cells, it gradually destroys the affected cells, leading to a loss of mental and physical abilities, and

Overview

Tay-Sachs disease is a rare, hereditary disease that affects young children, primarily Ashkenazi Jews, French Canadians, and other isolated or self-selecting populations. Caused by the lack of an enzyme that leads to a buildup of fats in nerve and brain cells, it gradually destroys the affected cells, leading to a loss of mental and physical abilities, and eventually death. Tay-Sachs Disease discusses the nature of the disease, why it affects certain groups of people more often than others, how genetic screening can help detect carriers, and what options genetic testing and counseling provide for people having children. Readers will discover the new medical treatments being used experimentally to treat Tay-Sachs disease, as well as the new genetic treatments that may someday provide a means of curing this degenerative condition.

Genes & Disease The Genes and Disease series describes what scientists know and what they hope to learn in the near future about the relationship between genes and disease. While discussing the technologies and experimental methods that have led to our current understanding of a particular disorder, each title details the recent advances in medicine and molecular biology that may unlock the mysteries of genetic disease. The series surveys existing and potential future treatments, explores possible cures, and covers the ethical concerns of treating genetic diseases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791096345
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Genes and Disease Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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