Tay-Sachs Disease

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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791096345
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Genes and Disease Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,054,498
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 What Is Tay-Sachs Disease? 7

2 The Demographics of Tay-Sachs 23

3 Types of Tay-Sachs Disease 36

4 Diagnosing Tay-Sachs Disease 47

5 Screening for Tay-Sachs 59

6 Researching Treatments 73

7 Gene-based Treatments 92

8 Coping with Tay-Sachs 110

Glossary 118

Bibliography 126

Further Reading 129

Picture Credits 132

Index 133

About the Author 140

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