This quote relates to “The Friday Everything Changed” because the protagonist Ms. Ralston wasn’t anyone powerful or renown but she was able to hold “evil in check” by showing the boys that a girl can hit a home run, a home run so great that the ball landed in the ox pasture. Hitting the ball into the ox pasture happened maybe once a year. (page 11) A small act showing her talents was able to keep “darkness at bay” by forcing the boys to acknowledge and accept this fact, because now that they saw a girl hit a home run they could not pick on the girls for bringing up the idea that they were equals. Small acts of kindness can be anything from holding the door open for someone coming in to the school carrying lots of bags, standing up to comments regarding someone’s race, religion, or there differences in general, talking to people you would not usually talk to that maybe do not have as many friends, or just doing so much as saying hi. It can also be offering to help when its needed at home, at school or anywhere you maybe which can make someones day or just a plain genuine compliment. Life is made up of small moments and it is usually the smallest gestures that can make someones whole day. My cousin Sheliza Kassam in Calgary is an ordinary person that is making a huge difference by her acts of kindness globally. She found an organization called “Children’s Birthday Miracle.” or CBM. CBM started when she was 12 and due to an allergy that made her break out into hives when she ate a piece of her birthday cake. She went to the hospital and told her parents that her birthday was ruined because of her allergies and they told her that she was lucky to have a birthday party because many kids all around the world do not get to have parties. Sheliza decided that for the next couple birthdays she would work at homeless shelters serving breakfast to the less fortunate. On her 16th Birthday she decided that she was going to start a non – profit organization to throw birthday parties for unprivileged children in Canada which now has extended to Peru, Kenya and Tanzania. She said that it is a chance for the kids to be free of stress and give them a chance to spend happy time with their families celebrating their birth. This organization has a pay it forward program which allows kids to donate their own presents too. She is hoping that this will eventually lead to a chain reaction. I think that this is an excellent example of an ordinary person starting to create change and create some happiness for un privileged children. It started out small, and now it is transpired to something huge and it is inspiring hundreds of children to take small steps to create big changes by donating their own gifts. This act of giving shows that all someone has to do to create a change is donate a gift that they received to someone that needs it more than they want it. Sheliza has really began to create a change in the lives of the unprivileged and has thrown birthday parties to create a long lasting impact on kids by giving them some happy times and at the same time she has opened an avenue for the privileged kids to give back and feel good about their act of kindness.
My parents usually drive me when I go places. This is terrible for the environment, but since I’m to young to drive its usually carpooling me and my family go together places. So we are always able to use the HOV lane. There is usually 3-4 of us in the car. This has negative effects in the biosphere and the atmosphere, because of pollution from the gas. As well as the oil coming out of car. Also roads are made out of the destruction of trees, and this will disrupt the wildlife that depends on the trees. During the winter break when going downtown my family decided to start taking the skytrain. Taking the skytrain has many benefits, its better for the environment, there is less chance of accident due to the mental state of the driver/distracted driving, it saves land as whatever is under it get be used for something else. Its also less noisy for the people living around the sky train then roads. This is also better because sky trains can hold way more people then cars can. It also cuts down the travel time.
On Saturday I took the skytrain from port moody to coquitlam, (my dance studio) to coquitlam (the mall). It was great because it was only a 2 minute walk from the studio to the sky train and it was a nice day so it was nice to be outside, the skytrain took maybe 7 minutes whereas driving would’ve taken 15.
Yesterday I printed out many sheets of paper for my math mind term review. Our printer doesn’t print double sided so I used the back instead of printing out one of the packages thats answers weren’t fully worded but just a,b,c so that instead of printing out the package and circling the answers I would just write out the letters. This saved trees from the biosphere and the species that depend on the tree’s habitat as well as ink from the printer. Printing out paper is something I avoid usually I only print sheets out for math as I don’t have a touch screen device which would save paper when it comes to math.
Using plastic bags
Plastic bags are something that we have tried to eliminate as much use as possible around the house we bought a bunch of “ziplock” containers which is basically a reusable set of thin containers that we sue for everything. Plastic bags are very bad for the environment when it goes into the landfill, and into the ocean and animals eat it they can choke and die. Its also a waste of resources because you are just throwing it away after you use it. I suggest either re-using a plastic bag if you have to buy them but if not containers are the way to go because in the long term they are cheeper. I have a smilier set to the one below and its useful because they can fit anything in it.
Being a Vegetarian
I have been a vegetarian for almost a full month now, and one of the reasons for me being a vegetarian is the environment. When we eat we meet we overheat the planet, by using energy to cook it. according to theguardian.com humans eat 230m tonnes of animals a year. You consume to much water if you eat meat be cause you are eating an animal that has drank water to survive. I don’t eat pork but pigs are the thirstiest animals alive and drink the most water out of any animals. Pesticides used in meet ruin the air and cause pollution which is terrible for our environment. When you eat meet you are more likely to get diseases such as salmonella because of the animals antibiotics and there waste. Meat is also very expensive.
Getting your foods organic
We try to buy as much of our food organic as possible, especially fruit though this can become expensive. Non-organic foods contain pesticides which again are bad for the air. Non-organic foods are grown un-naturally, and also contains herbicides, fertilizers. As well as Genetically modified organisms, antibiotics/growth hormones and Irradiation. Though, organic foods can contain natural pesticides as well. They aren’t sure if non-organic foods contain more pesticide residue and if they are less healthy. But the Organic foods must be approved by the Canadian Organics Standard in order to be classified as “Organic.”
Leaving appliances, lights and water on when not in use.
These are things all of us do once it a while and it is very important that we try to be conscious of when we really need the tap running, for example this past week especially I have tried my best to turn off the tap while brushing my teeth, or while you’re taking a bath. Taking shorter showers is a good way to preserve the water as well. Leaving lights on can be a habit when you leave the room but I am always reminded before I leave the house to make sure all of the lights and lamps are off. It’s also important that you don’t leave irons plugged in for more then just the environment because if left on they can cause a fire and if someone is unsure if it is on or not and they touch it they can get burned. Another hating is unplugging your chargers once your phone is at 100% because you don’t need you’re phone charged to more because it doesn’t work that way.
All in all it’s the little things we do that are killing our environment like not recycling that time because the bin was too far, we’ve all done it and if there are 7 billion people on the planet doing that at least once then its not going to take to long for land fills to become way to full. OR the pollution killing out more species braking down the biodiversity and the food chain so that one day we won’t be able to get oxygen from the tree’s or the sun will be to hot. Its important that we take into consideration everything to matter how big or small in order to reduce the amount of waste we have inflicted on our planet so that we can leave it behind better then we go it.
Our Science 9 class this year had the opportunity to work on REAL SCIENCE. Not the kind of science where you take tests once every two weeks and learn information that even though it is useful you probably won’t remember afterwards. We had the opportunity to experience science hands on. And not only that but we were able to find our new passions even if they weren’t directly science, through these science projects. This year my science 9 class worked on Engineering Brightness. Engineering brightness is an organizer which basically lets science students build lights and ship them out to places that are in light poverty. Our class got the dominican republic.
My group decided that we wanted to support another group thats goal was to make shakable lights using magnets we set out to raise some money and more that that awareness on our cause. I made a video that was played in RAP classes all around the school, and we put on a photo booth fundraiser. To be critical I wish that we got more publicity and that the location of the photo was better. Because it was in the corner of the library it was harder for people to know where to go. However we did raise some money and were able to take some cool photos.
I am very proud of my group and how we were able to put together a fundraiser, we were the only group in the class that was able to put on a fundraiser at our own school and I thought that that was exciting to be part of the group that raised some money. On short notice and 2 days time we were able to book the library, make a video, put it in the announcements and get the word out to a few people.
RAP video was our main goal and we accomplished it right away with this video that was played all throughout the school:
My experience of how I helped address this issue is basically that through my class we got introduced to Mr. Fogarty’s class in New Brunswick and he talked to us about the different things we could do to succeed. As I mentioned before my group fundraised, so here is a photo of me introducing my self as I am about to ask what fundraising tips worked for him and what didn’t. I thought it was so cool to be able to connect with a class all the way in New Brunswick.
Dedicating three lunch hours to fundraise for this cause made me feel really good about helping them. I was glad that even though my impact was small I tried my best and even if we didn’t raise as much money as we had hoped we were able to spread awareness. Before they saw the video we played I wonder how many kids knew about light poverty in the dominican republic. I didn’t know about it at all and when we learned about it from Eladio and Dennis I was incredibly sad to here about it. It was a real eye opener to know that kids our age aren’t having the same life as us. Obviously I’ve known about poverty but it was very touching when we skype called with a school that was so close to the poverty. It made it real. Another group in my class actually did a powerpoint to raise awareness and they challenged “How long can you go without electricity.” I really don’t know how long I could last and to know that there are thousands of people going through light poverty was hard to here.
This project definitely improved my organizing skills, having a plan and executing it in two days. I also learned a few tips about video editing, fading the music better, keeping the slides longer for more people to be able to read the information better. I definitely feel that I met my learning goals, we spread awareness, held a photo booth, connected with other people and was able to put it all out in a blog post. For connecting with others I spoke with Mr. Fogarty, Eladio and Dennis, who are planning to send me some interviews of there students so that I can make a new video to play at there bake sale fundraiser. One of the students that came to watch us skype chat asked me about my videos and I thought it was cool to have someone I didn’t know come and ask me about the programming I had used. I wasn’t even into videography before this project and I’m glad I was able to find out about it through this. I also received a comment on my plan blog post from a lady in the Dominican Republic who was interested in what we were doing and said that it was awesome how we were working on this. I received around 6 comments on my proposal post.My group also created tow social media accounts to spread awareness about our fundraiser and the my class needs page. We even got featured on the school’s Instagram page a few times.
I have been working on a video for Eladio and Dennis to play at there fundraiser. Once it’s fully done I’m planning on tweeting it out, putting it on my blog and also on our Instagram page. The plan is for them to send me some videos for me to include and have them share it with there school. I think out of all the things I’ve done with this project this will feel the most fulfilling, if my video could get played in a different country? How amazing would that be!
Examining our experience, the collaboration went awesome, I think if we had maybe had more communication with Eladio and Dennis maybe we could have received some videos sooner so that the second video could have them in it sooner, but overall I just think it was amazing how to different classes could get together and even think about creating something bigger than ourselves. I am so glad to be a part of this project. It was great to be able to collaborate with a school in New Brunswick and a school in the Dominican Republic.
• Asexual reproduction is the when a single organism produces offspring. The offspring gets genes from only that one parent. Fusions of gametes are not needed and chromosomes numbers typically stay the same.
•Asexual reproduction is typically how clones are formed. These clones can be used in agriculture and planting. As well as in research in order to develop injured organisms, tissues and genes if needed.
5 types of Asexual reproduction and examples: In class we discussed five different types of asexual reproduction and different examples of each type.
Binary Fission: Binary fission is when a single celled organism splits into identical copies. Example of this is Bacteria reproducing.
Budding: Budding is repeated mitosis over and over again to form more and more copies. In budding the buds formed can break off to form separate organisms. Example of this would be Yeast.
Fragmentation: Fragmentation is when for example a starfish breaks of an arm and then the arm grows a whole new starfish. Fragmentation is not when a lizard regenerates a tail because in order for it to be considered as fragmentation the lizard tail must grow a whole new lizard. More examples of fragmentation are annelid worms or mitochondrial eukaryotic.
Vegetative Reproduction: Vegetative reproduction happens with cells in plants that are meant to develop into new structures that form identical plants. Examples of Vegetative Reproduction include plants and crops such as corn, apples, mangoes and avocados.
Spore Formation: Spores are single cells that can grow into a whole new organism, for example plants, algae and fungi.
Advantages of Asexual Reproduction:
No energy required to find a mate. Large amount of offsprings reproduced, when conditions are favourable. Large colonies are produced that can out-compete other organisms for nutrients and water. If a species is endanger Asexual Reproduction can help the species to survive.
Disadvantages of Asexual Reproduction:
Since they are all copies if there is a mutation the whole offspring will be susceptible to the same disease. As well as if there are unfavourable conditions, like extreme temperature it can kill the whole offspring. If they are produced to close together they will have to compete with each other for space, nutrients.
•Sexual reproduction is the fusing off reproductive cels (gametes) fusing together. For this too happen it must involve a females ovum (egg) and a males sperm.
•Mating is when the gametes arrive in the same place at the same time.
•Gametes contain 23 chromosomes which is half the amount of chromosomes a regular cell contains.
When a males sperm cell goes into the female body and fertilizes the an egg cell. The sperm penetrates the egg and a fetus begins to develop. After the fertilization the embryo continues to develop and become nourished in the female/mothers body.
Advantages: of Internal fertilization protects the fertilized egg from dehydration once it comes out. Since it is inside the female it protects the embryo from predation. Enhances the fertilization of eggs for the male.
Disadvantages: of Internal Fertilization only produces a limited amount of offspring. Generally 1 fetus or twins rare cases produce up to 8 but that is it. Internal Fertilization risks the chance of Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
•Fetal Development: Internal Fertilization leads to Embryonic Development which leads to Fetal Development. In fetal development there are three different stages (trimesters) Trimester one lasts till eight weeks. The fetus is developing organ systems; brain, spinal, ears, kidneys, livers,muscles and you can almost tell the sex of the baby. In the second trimester which lasts from week 12-16 of the pregnancy; the fetal movement is felt which means that the mom can feel the kicking of the baby, and the eyelids start to open. The baby if needed to be removed at this stage has a chance at survival. At third trimester the baby continues to develop and grow, gaining weight. Until 9 months when it is completely healthy to be removed.
External Fertilization: External Fertilization happens through spawning which is when, for example a male fish releases sperm when a female fish releases an egg, when they meet fertilization begins. This is common underwater and when it happens underwater it protects the eggs from drying out. Broadcast spawning leads to a more mix of genes and a diverse range of species. Which means that some of them will survive higher extreme cases. The Disadvantage is the fact that it is external and the Mother is not protecting the egg in her uterus like in internal fertilization.
Conditions needed for mating: There has to be enough nutrients for the embryo, the temperature must be warm and there must be sufficient moisture so that the embryo does not dry out. The embryo just be safe from predators and from other extreme conditions such as radiation, or extreme temperature.
Pollination: Pollination is the transfer of Pollen (a powdery yellow substance) to a plant for fertilization (fertilizations is the fusion of male and female gametes. The pollen is transferred by Bees, Butterflies, Moths, Flies, Hummingbirds and The wind. It can also be manufactural done by people. The embryo develops in the female part of the plant. Advantages: Pollination maintains race and species, that specific plant won’t need to produce as much pollen grains because there is now a new plant. Pollination eliminates bad recessive characteristics. Disadvantages of Pollination; makes the plan less immune to disease, and makes the health and physical strength decrease and makes the plant less adaptable to its surroundings and conditions.
Mitosis is how the process of cell division. There are 4 “official” stages in Mitosis. I remember them as PMAT. Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase and Telophase. However in order for the full cell cycle to take place we stat with Interphase.
Interphase: is when there are 46 chromosomes that duplicate to form identical pairs of chromosomes. The copies attach on to each other to form X-shaped chromosomes.
Prophase: Now going into Mitosis Prophase is when the spindle fibres begin to form with centrioles in the cell and the nucleolus disappears. The X-shaped chromosomes stay attached and the centromere forms at the center. However in plant cells there are no centrioles and the spindle fibres form without them.
Metaphase: Metaphase is the phase where all of the X-Chromosones begin to move into a straight sign along the equator of the cell.
Anaphase: Anaphase means “Away phase” Which is what it is. The X chromosomes are split apart pulled away by the spindle fibres. The chromosomes are now single chromosomes and are on opposite sides of the cell.
Telophase: Telophase is when new nucleolus forms around the two separate sides of the cell creating two cells. New nuclei are formed in each cell and the spindle fibres disappear.
Cytokinesis: Isn’t officially part of PMAT but is when cleavage happens and the two cells are split up making them officially two separate cells. (Known as daughter cells) These new cells contain each 46 cells.
Meiosis has double the amount of steps as Mitosis, and the result is twice as many as mitosis each cell however has 23 chromosomes which is half of the parent cell.
Interphase: Meiosis starts off where the DNA is copied which leads to two full identical sets of chromosomes.
Prophase I: The chromosomes become X-shaped chromosomes by bonding together with their copies and pairing up. They share DNA (recombination) Again the Nucleus disappears and the spindle fibres form.
Metaphase I: The chromosomes line up at the equator and the spindle fibres attach to each one of the chromosomes.
Anaphase I: The spindle fibres pull the chromosomes away from each other so now they have a mixture of genes on each side. But the pairs stay together unlike in mitosis.
Telophase I and cytokinesis: When cleavage happens and two daughter cells are formed.
The next steps happen to the two daughter cells.
Prophase II: Each daughter cell has 23 pairs of chromatid, they bond together into visible X-shaped structures. The nucleus membrane disappears. The centrioles duplicate and spindle fibres form again.
Metaphase II: They line up along the equator of both cells. The spindle fibres attach on to them.
Anaphase II: The spindle fibres pull them away to opposite poles of the cell.
Telophase II and cytokinesis: Both cells have two new cells form within. The chromosomes gathering together and a new membrane forming around each set. In Cytokinesis cleavage happens and there are now 4 new cells. In males all four cells are sperm cells. In females one is the egg and the other three are polar bodies. Polar bodies don’t develop into eggs.
First peoples principles of learning and how they relate to our SSEP project and EB project.
•Learning ultimately supports the well-being of the self, the family, the community, the land, the and the ancestors.
I believe that the projects we have done in science has really supported the well being of myself, as I have become more confident in many areas, such as writing emails to people, blogging, spreading awareness for causes and ultimately just being more confident about my work. This all because of the SSEP project where my group came in the top 30. I believe that it also supported the well being of my family because they were proud and happy for me as our school community was proud to have three different entries make it in. Learning supports everyone in different ways by giving students something to be excited about when they finally figure out how something works. Learning in the long-term has many benefits because with a good education you will have a great life and be on the road to success. Projects like the Engineering Brightness one really support the well being of a lot of people all over because if we are able to send lights then we have helped there well being tremendously as well as ours because we would then have new knowledge and the feeling that we did something that counted.
•Learning is Holistic, Reflexive, Reflective, Experiential and Relational (focus on connectedness, on reciprocal relations, and a sense of place)
All of the learning we’ve done with both projects has had something to do with Science which makes it Holistic as it has given us comprehension of the parts of a whole. It also has taught me in other whole aspects such as fundraising and writing proposal, which are things that I will use later in life. The learning has been reflexive as we have learned to take in account all of the variables in say the SSEP project for example how our project needs to be done in a micro-gravity setting so we have to make sure the experiment is flexible for that. It has also taught us that helping someone goes both ways because when we help a group of people they have helped us to learn something new. Both projects in science have really helped me to reflect upon my work as I have taken part in many debriefs and have really learned to think out my whole process. It has really been experiential because I was able to try so many things I wouldn’t have otherwise. For example going to a science workshop for the SSEP project. I learned so many things that were new and I got test how much I liked science. We also had to chose something we wanted to get out of the Engineering Brightness and in order to get that we had to experiment with different things. For example, with our Photo Booth we had to try making props in a few different ways. Setting the background up in a few different ways and spreading awareness in a few different ways such as through social media, the announcements and in RAP. More than anything the Engineering Brightness project provided us with a sense of connection as we were able to connect with so many different people from different parts of the world.
•Learning involves recognizing the consequences of ones actions
In science there are always consequences. A consequence is a result or effect of an action or condition, in science actions and conditions are always happening. With the Engineering Brightness we came to understand that depending on our actions “how much we advertised our photo booth and how much effort we put in, the more we would get out of it.” I don’t necessarily mean money I mean the fact that we put in a lot of effort made us feel good about which was a consequence. If we hadn’t tried then we would’ve felt poorly which would have also been a consequence. Knowing that their would be that consequence pushed us to work extra hard.
•Learning involves generational roles and responsibilities
projects included taking responsibility for our own roles. In the Engineering Brightness project we had to specific roles for everyone in the group. There was a communicator, a organizer, someone for research and finding media and finally my role writing out all of our information. We were very successful in keeping our roles, which helped us to stay on task because we knew what we were doing the whole time, no on ever had nothing to do. This is principle that for me has evolved overtime as I am getting older I have learned to delegate better in groups. The main thing that has changed throughout my groups is making sure everyone has an assigned role. Because then no one ends up doing more work then others.
•Learning involves patients and time
For me when I submit a project it always has to include my best effort. Especially for SSEP, I worked countless hours on writing the proposal draft. It took a lot off patients delegating this project because we did it all in one day, since I had to get a hold of all of the members of my team I had to learn to be patient if they didn’t answer or while I was waiting for them to send me there part, because my role in that group included putting it together. Our whole team was patient and waited until the results were announces for this project. Engineering Brightness required a lot of patience and time as well, as we are still waiting on an email from our partners in dominican republic. We also had to put a ton of time in our photo booth, 3 lunch hours and time after school to create the props, shop for them and plan.
In conclusion these are the principles from the list that best fit the work that I’ve been doing in science class. The projects have been very innovative and have really showed me what real science is compared to instead of working in a lab or on paper. Our class has been learning real science, and learning about stuff that is for sure going to help us as we get older, move towards post-secondary education and eventually in our adult lives.
Storyboards creating using storyboardthat.com
J’aime cette célébrité:
Notre podcast est un débat des célébrités récentes, nous allons décrire leur travail, leurs vie sociales et leurs problèmes et puis nous allons voter de qui nous aimons le plus. Chaque émission va spécialiser dans un certain genre de célébrité par exemple acteur / actrice , chanteur … etc. S’il vous plaît, notez que c’est notre opinion, et ce ne sont pas les vrais faits.
#3: Les vedettes de la télé-réalité
Dans cette émission nous allons parler des vedettes de la télé-réalité; les Kardashians, les émissions de chante, danse, les athlètes, les jeux télévisé et finalement les émissions de nourriture.
Part 1-Mutation Story:
I am the APP gene found in my host, Mary’s Body. I give instructions to the body on how to make Amyloid precursor protein. I don’t know why but it’s what I’m built to do. I build the protein using amino acid isoleucine. Fragments of the protein are then sent to her brain. I don’t know why or how this happens. But I do it because it’s the only thing I can do.
“Sorry, I forgot to pick him up.” Mary, my host says to the babysitter. Embarrassed that she left her son with the babysitter for the third time. She headed to her car George laughing. “It’s okay Mommy it happens” Mary knew it wasn’t going to be okay. “Mrs. Smith.” The babysitter calls to my host. Mary turns around. “You also forgot your car keys.” Mary confused takes the car keys and heads to her car. “Mommy I need to be buckled up.” George says as Mary is about to start the car. She sighs, “I’m sorry George I’m just not having a good day.” George laughs. “It’s okay mommy.
The week continued on the same pattern. Mary was trying her best to be cautious on what she said. She knew what was coming and so did Brian her husband. The moment it got too much was when Mary was sick in her bed watching TV. “Who are you” Mary asked her son. George, only 4 years old, confused replied with a laugh “Mommy, I’m George your
son.” “I’ve never met a George.” Mary isn’t joking I can feel it. She is forgetting her son just as her Mom forgot her. “Daddy” George calls. “Mommy forgot who I am” Brian rushes in taking George from the room. He knows what they dreaded is here. Brian calls an ambulance to take Mary to the hospital, she was resistant the whole way there and Brian is hiding his tears as he leaves George with a babysitter.
The doctors run some tests on Mary, even though they know from her last checkup that it’s here. I feel when they poke the needle into her and take blood. It tickles. A few hours later the doctors come back with the results for Brian. He sits next to Mary’s bed. Mary groggily sits up. “Where am I?” She asks. “Who are you” She asks Brian. A tear rolls down Brian’s cheek. The doctor starts to talk to Brian. I listen attentively. “There is a problem with the APP gene.” Thats me. “The APP’s role as a gene is too provide a way for the body to make Amyloid precursor protein which scientists research say help bond cells together.” What does this have to do with me? “It is rare, but this gene has a mutation.” I’m mutated? “In Maggie’s body, the APP gene has changed a building block for this protein and interfered with enzymes in the protein leading to the replacement from amino acid valine to amino acid isoleucine. It has a protein position of 717. Because of this mutation, one of the genetic code letters has been altered.” What I’m doing isn’t normal? “With the alteration and mutation, fragments of this rare protein begin to clump in her brain forming hallmark plaques, which is how early onset Alzheimers is formed.
“This gene has formed in your wife’s brain because of hereditary reasons, the early onset version of Alzheimers Disease is hereditary. It comes from her mom as she had the same disease. Families with this disease have flaws on chromosomes 1 and 14 and are passed down genetically.” It’s all my fault. I come from her mom so it’s my fault. Brian nods. He knew it was coming. When Mary’s mom died she had refused testing. She said it was hereditary and she would get it too.
For the rest of Mary’s life I live in her body. The instructions I give to her body are “mutated” as the doctors put it. But there is nothing I can do. I was unaware of it but now i realize parts of me are being sent to her brain to clump up and kill her memory completely. 8 years have gone by and as Mary lays in bed with Brian and 12 year old George. “Who are you?” Mary asks George. “I’m George.” He replies for the millionth time, “Who’s George?” she asks.
Alzheimers patients don’t die from the actual disease but what the disease affects. For example malnutrition because the patient neglects to eat or believes that he or she has already ate. They can also die from infections such as pneumonia. The Alzheimers risk gene is more common in females then males. There are two types, the type that Mary had was Familial the other type is a risk gene that usually occurs later in life, towards ages 60 and 80. Familial occurs between ages 30 and 40. Alzheimers is the leading cause to Dementia.
Part 2-The making of the mutation story:
To investigate this topic I first started by typing in questions that I found really related to the topic would help to write a story about my life as a gene of an Alzheimers patient. I asked What mutations are found in Alzheimers?, What is a common age for early onset Alzheimers?, How do people die from Alzheimers?, Brain damage on Alzheimers patients?, What genes are mutated when Alzheimers occurs? How do people receive this genes? I really had to read into these websites to find out the behaviour of an Alzheimers patient and the role of the gene so that I could be the gene and talk about the roles that I had. I used citation machine, a site I learned about when working on my SSEP project in science, in order to cite my work and verify the dates so that the information wasn’t too far out dated. I also used storyboardthat.com a familiar digital tool that I learnt about in socials class in order to create characters to move along the story. Pinterest was another website I used to find images that would help me and my readers understand the disease. The process of completing the challenge went really well, I was able to learn about the disease and how it affects the lives of people and what gene causes them. I feel like the only thing that could have gone better would have been to have chosen a disease that already had more information because the APP gene still doesn’t have a full explanation as scientists have not figured it out. I would have liked to have more information to work with.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Genetics and Risk Factors. (2015, April 25). Retrieved December 11, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-genetic?page=2
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