Mutation Story

Part 1: Mutation Story

Hello, my name is chromosome 5p deletion that caused the Cri-du-Chat syndrome in Molly’s body. Molly has no history of the disorder in the family. I am a deletion that was caused by a break in the DNA molecule that makes up a chromosome. The chromosome break occurred while Molly’s mother’s egg was developing. When the gamete was fertilized, Molly developed cri-du-chat syndrome, but Molly’s parents does not have the break in any other cells of the body and does not have the syndrome. Multiple genes in Molly are missing because of me. There is a chance for Molly’s child to inherit me. After the age of two, it is difficult for doctors to diagnose cri-du-chat, because it becomes less notice as the person gets older. When Molly was a baby she was small at birth, and had respiratory problems. The larynx didn’t develop correctly, which caused her to have a cat-like cry. Molly has a small round face, wide eyes, folds of skin over her eyes, and a small nose bridge. I cause several problems that occur inside Molly’s body. Molly has hearing and sight problems, muscle problems, and a severe intellectual problem. In the future she might have a difficulty walking and talking. here is no real treatment to get rid of me, but children can go through therapy to improve their language skills, motor skills, and to help them develop as normal as possible.

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Part 2: The Making of Mutation Story

1) What questions did you need to research in order to create your mutation story?

I had to ask simple questions to begin with, and to dig deeper I had to come up with more complex and specific questions.

2)What new or familiar digital tools did you try to use as you worked through this project?

I mostly used Google and Yahoo, which are familiar tools that I often use.

3)What was the process you used to investigate the topic?

I started off by reading about the cri-du-chat syndrome on Wikipedia, then I started to read more about the syndrome on other various websites, and i also looked up images of those who were affected by the syndrome. When I needed specific information I would ask questions.

4)How did you verify and cite the information you found?

I looked up and read multiple cites, so I would get many people’s information.

5)How did the process of completing this challenge go? What could you have done better?

I could have tried to be more creative with my story, but overall the process of completing this challenge went pretty smooth.