Gene Therapy

 

Greatest Advancements

Gene Therapy is a practice full of trial and error. The majority of people who get the treatment will most likely not get the results they want in the end. The times that Gene therapy has worked, it changed people’s lives forever for the better. The type of illnesses that it can cure are immune deficiencies such as Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID), which was successfully treated, but it did not go so well for some patients, causing them to develop a case of Leukemia. Scientists then started researching safer ways of doing Gene Therapy.  The next illness is Hereditary blindness. People with this illness lose their vision slowly with time, but when given Therapy, their 6 out of 9 cases were that their vision improved significantly with time. They tricked the virus into carrying the good genes through where they were recoded to become good cells.  One of the other illnesses is Hemophilia. Hemophilia is when you are missing proteins that help blood form clots so, people with Hemophilia can lose a large amount of blood from internal bleeding or just from a little cut. During a small trial, the researchers have used an adeno-associated viral vector to deliver the missing clotting protein to the liver’s cells.  After the treatment, most patients made at least a small Factor IX and then had fewer bleeding mishaps. 

 

Ways Gene Therapy Is Being Used

Gene therapy is best used to replace the defective genes or add new genes as a replacement attempting to cure diseases, or just improve the body’s strength to fight them. Gene Therapy promises to treat a broader variety of diseases, including cancer, heart disease, hemophilia, and cystic fibrosis. 

 

How Gene Therapy Is Shaping The Future

Gene Therapy is changing the future of healthcare by giving people another chance at a healthy life without worrying about blindness and heart diseases, for example. They go through the Therapy and may end up with excellent results. People that have successfully gone through therapy are now living their best lives. This form of biotechnology is one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs that shape the future of gene modification. 

 

Gene Therapy Explanation Video:

 

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Website

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/gene-therapy/about/pac-20384619

 

Resources

“Gene Therapy” . https://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/genetherapy/  .   Oct. 17, 2020.

Images: Pexels.com

 

Core Competency

In this project, I tried to be creative with my format and the writing because visuals make everything better. Eyes are meant to look at images, not just dull, plain text. I go for the creative aspect every time because I feel as if that’s my most vital writing characteristic. During this project, I used my research method and what I was comfortable with instead of using something that doesn’t fit me. As a writer, you should have your own ways of writing while still following the common rules. During the writing part of the project, it felt more of an English assignment than a scientific one, so I decided to add more interesting words and pictures to spice up the bland and boring text about genetic illnesses, which is pretty depressing to write about. When thinking about what competency I should focus on, I wanted to first start writing and then just decide what my writing felt like to me. I really don’t like communication when it comes to education because I can never rely on the person I am paired up with due to all the times I’ve been let down and forced to do everything on my own. I prefer keeping to myself and going with what my brain tells me to do, which is probably what I am best at ( I don’t want to get cocky). Overall, I worked very hard on this project and put all of my brain cells and energy into this.

 

 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/gene-therapy/about/pac-20384619

Paper Airplane Project

My investigation results were quite surprising because I wasn’t confident with it flying anywhere farther than 5 meters when making the plane. Usually, when you throw a paper plane it does a weird looping maneuver, so it doesn’t end up going anywhere. I am very happy and pleased with the results overall. I learned a few things from this project which are, the plane should have an even weight distribution on the front and the back in order for it to fly further and more smoothly, the second thing is that making the paper out of bigger paper made it better because it became longer which increased the aerodynamics significantly by supplying more area for it to push through. Next time, I will know how to make the farthest flying plane because I’ve now done my investigation that proved how longer and lighter planes are easier to fly. I have included a photo below of my best paper airplane that worked and flew the best.

 

My FlipBook

Book:

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.

Community Connection Alternate

SPCA

My Volunteering job: https://spca.bc.ca/ways-to-help/volunteer/ 

The volunteering opportunity that I have found is to help out at a local SPCA.  This job might help me out in the future to just overall know how to take care of specific animals and maybe even adopt/foster one sometime in the future when I’ll live on my own. Overall this is a good hobby that you can do in your free time. I am very passionate about getting involved in this field because I love anything to do with animals, they are such cute and pure creatures that should be taken care of and loved.  To help at animal shelters is something a lot of people want to do but, just don’t have the time for so I think I might have enough time for going over a couple of times a month.  This job is also good in a way to hang out with friends as well as make new friends as you can see from the image I found below. 

SHELTER VOLUNTEERS - Edmonton Humane Society

 

 

 

 

 

 DQ

My employment opportunity: https://www.dairyqueen.com/us-en/locator/Detail/?localechange=1&&store-id=7770 (physically must talk to them in-store) 

The job I have researched is a cashier/server at the local DQ store.  This job might benefit my future by talking with people and learning communication as well as the money I might get from it to go to University or College. I know for a fact that they like when you have some experience working in this field but, you don’t have to have any diplomas or degrees to be a cashier at DQ.  I bring 3 years’ experience of working at a café that my middle school created which wasn’t some cheap lemonade stand selling gross watery substance being labeled as lemonade.  Our café involved Grilled Smokies, Christmas Turkey Sandwiches, Ice-cream Floats, etc.  The teachers running the café said that in the future if I need to get a quick part-time job that they’ll be there to help me out. I also have good communication with costumers because I usually was the person running events and organizing ingredient lists to an exact budget that we had. The steps I need to take is just to do good at school and try to get a good resume for them to want to hire me. 

Okotoks Dairy Queen Helps Calgary Children's Hospital ...

Why do women still suffer from gender inequality till’ this day?

The world now lives in the 21st century and for more than 8000 years gender inequality has been a major issue with the way women are being discriminated from certain “manly” tasks/jobs.  If a man can do it then a woman can do it the same or even better which goes the same vice versa.  This issue comes all the way back to 2.5 million years ago when the cave art made by the first people was just of men fighting with no women in sight because they were there to just cook food and take care of the children while the men were out hunting.  This fact may have two sides, the side where the females got to stay away from fights and raise the kids and also the side where women didn’t have a say in majority of things because it was all up to the men to do those decisions.  This issue continued through centuries into the ancient Rome years where the women stayed home, cooked food, waited for the husband to come home, took care of children, and cleaned the house.  Not always is that the case though, if the woman was in or from a wealthy family with a good standing, she could have some control over her life with where she can go, what she can eat, who she can marry, and where she would live.  Rich women would also have their maids and servants to do their job (which are women from the lower class meaning that there was also some discrimination by women for the lower-class women as well).  The statement “One small action can lead to a series of life-changing events.” is short yet, filled with many deeper meanings that can branch off into smaller topics.  The meaning behind this quote from my perspective would be that if alma wouldn’t have called out the teacher for only letting the boys take out the water bucket this story wouldn’t have happened and no serious events would branch off.  So, one small action (Alma’s request to carry the water bucket) and the life-changing event (Girls now being able to do the water bucket job as well).  This statement is very inspirational to me and has a lot of connections to this story because girls’ rights are no weaker than men’s rights.  In the story “The Friday Everything Changed” Alma finally recognized the issue in the way girls were poorly treated in their school/neighborhood.  The water bucket job was only given to the boys because they thought that they are the strong leaders that could skip school and consider themselves cooler just because they are boys and how society considers women to be treated like.   I don’t know where or when this discrimination began but it sure has impacted the world in many ways such as; not being able to become a female president,  can’t get a good job with fair pay, and always being considered weaker than men both physically and mentally.  There are many poems and books about feminism but, society always gets a vision of mean, uncluttered, and violent women trying to bring men down and claiming women should literally speaking “run the world” which shouldn’t be the case here, both genders should have 50/50 of the world freedom and not 80/20.  A woman that should inspire all is Margaret Cavendish and her view on the world because she imagines a world saved and ran by a woman and how if you would flip the standards upside down you would get a world of peace and less havoc.  Margaret has lived in the 16 hundreds and even then, she believed that if society had accepted women equally you would have a stable government and overall planet as she mentioned in her books.  I’m not a feminist because I truly believe that in developed countries with modern, intelligent people women and men get treated alike without much disagreement because as a child you get your knowledge from your parents and if your parents have been taught well then you should also get a real 21-century mindset.  In the poem “mushrooms” there are many deep meanings.  The poem has the mushrooms which seems like a metaphor for a mistreated population which gives us clues that mushrooms are the women quietly preparing a revolution.  Then, at the end of the poem you have the morning which is finally the time women/mushrooms get their respect which they have been fighting for.  I see that women don’t suffer too much from gender inequality in developed and modern countries but all those other 3rd world countries out there, silencing women is unexpectable and should be changed for the better.  At least gender inequality isn’t a third world problem now because Coronavirus is rapidly taking away the population anyways.  Feminism is quite a touchy subject to some but if we try hard enough, we could see some great results with time. 

 

 

 

 

Grammar Video Project – “Types of sentences (simple and compound)”

Types of sentences – simple and compound

The grammar project my partner and I got chosen to do was the difference between simple and compound sentences.  This certain rule has many topics branching from it that I won’t mention because other groups have done their presentations about them.  The simple and compound sentence rule is when you must choose between writing a basic, predictable, and less exciting sentence or an exciting, unpredictable, and with deeper thought sentence.   

Let’s say that you have a simple sentence for example: 

“The famous artist broke up with his girlfriend just recently.” – this is still a simple sentence because it works like Subject + Verb + Direct object. You can see it here as the “famous artist” is the subject, “Broke Up” is the verb, and “his girlfriend” is the Direct Object. 

A simple sentence is made of a single independent clause with a subject and a verb or predicate that expresses a complete thought or idea.  

On the other hand, compound sentences are more descriptive and have more juice in them overall.  

If you would take this example: 

“He ran out of money, so he had to stop playing poker.” – This is a compound sentence because it has two subjects which are “He and He”, three verbs “ran out, stop and play”, and “money & poker” as the Direct objects.   

When you use compound sentences it brings life to your writing with a more unpredictable ending which the reader may not expect.   

Overall, the simple sentences consist of only one clause, with a single subject and predicate and compound sentences have more than one subject or predicate.  The compound sentences also have conjunction which makes them seem more unexpecting. 

Overall, simple sentences are less

Overall simple sentences have fewer words because due to the words being less descriptive with their sentences

 

Test:

What must simple sentences have?

one clause, with a single subject and predicate

What must compound sentences have?

more than one subject or predicate

Is this a compound sentence? – “Little Red Riding Hood was carrying a basket of flowers is going to her grandmother’s house.”

No

Is this a simple sentence? – Taylor Swift is one of the first singers to sell an album in its first day of release.

Yes

 

Video:

 

Sweet Unicorn Tails

Photo: JapanRailPass

Delicate mauve flowers hang from the ceiling above making it look like a cave of wonders and mysticality you can’t get your eyes off.  As people awe in the beauty around them, some decide to capture the moment in their camera roll and some in their memories.  A rare beauty in this world you may only find here, in Kitakyushu, Japan.  The great tunnel of Wisteria Flowers that bloom in beautiful shades of purple and pink with light fragrances the accompany its color.  People can’t stop looking up, their necks are hurting but their eyes are pleased.  Lights shine brightly above so you could see the colors and take some of the most aesthetically pleasing Instagram photos you could share and bring all your friends’ attention to the wonders of this tunnel.  This place is peaceful and quiet with a mystical aura attached.  As you walk through you can smell and touch the soft flowers that feel like feathers and smell like sweet sugar.  The way the flowers hang makes it look like unicorn tails or cotton candy hanging from the sky making you want to jump up and touch it with your hand.  A perfect place for a date or to get married at with its warm and loving colors.  The Gradients run through the tunnel with dark and light colors shifting all throughout.  If you close your eyes and imagine a sky made of purple flowers that rustle in the wind all around you, petals gliding down and hitting your face as a gust of wind blows through.  People dressed in warm attire gather around and enjoy the eye-feast together.  This is not the ideal place for people with pollen allergies though, so beware!  In the background, you can see pastel Hydrangeas stood tall.  This event only happens once a year from May to April but, the best time to see the flowers is the end of April because that is when they are at their full bloom.  This is a very visual place but, for the full experience, you should go there and see it yourself to get the thrill of a lifetime.

This song reminds me of this photo.

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ADL solution fluency

The challenge we faced was that people wouldn’t want to listen because they had “better things to do” then to know more about the solid facts about electricity and how it works.

We have had a few people actually listen to our presentation and so that made us feel better about it due to our peers being respectable audiences.  It was pretty tough when you saw others on their phones not caring about anything except their Instagram likes.

Dreams we had were that people in the school would either learn something new about electricity or just refresh their brains.  It was a powerpoint that said and described the whole topic of “electricity” clearly.

Our solution was to make our powerpoint even better with cool transitions, videos, photos, and a color scheme to make the presentation better and more put-together.

We had a really fun time putting together our knowledge of electricity and putting it all on a powerpoint with all the facts being simple and quick to understand.

 

The presentation⇓⇓⇓

 

Presentation 4

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