Mutation Story

Part 1.

As a new baby came into the world, his mother had passed down a mutation; colour blindness. In the development of the baby I came from the hosts mother genes onto the my host. My host, since he is a boy, the colour blind gene can only be found in the X chromosome. For girls it has to be in both X chromosomes. For a daughter she must have a colour blind father and a colour blind carrier mother. For this child’s mutation it means that one of his cones from his eyes are missing. He is red/green which is also called deuteranomaly and protanomaly  colour blind. Not able to tell the difference between red, green, brown, and orange. His mother was a “carrier” because she had the gene on one of X chromosomes. Then passed my self onto her son.


The effects my host has is that the host has difficulty seeing certain colours. The story behind my hosts life is that ever since he was born he had problems distinguishing colour. By the age of three his parents noticed that he mistook colours, like mistaking green coloured leaves. Then he was sensitive to bright lights. His parents brought him to the eye doctor. They diagnosed him with colour blindness. His parents asked if they are anything to help this. Sadly the doctor said no this will be permanent. Then he got into school they were little troubles like grabbing the wrong colour of a marker on crayon. But when he gets home he can’t tell his game/controller is on or need to charge with either red or green. Once he gets older is does not get easier. He starts to pick out his own clothes and cant tell if he wearing red shirt or a green shirt. One day on one of his appointments with his eye doctor they mentioned a new type of lens that would help him see red and green better. I affected him in a way that cooking can be a tough. When he was cooking a steak one day he couldn’t say if it was still red or is it done? Same thing with cooking vegetables. I do have a huge impact on my hosts life. Unfortunately for this person, he will never see the world in its full colour and will his gene will affect his life forever.


Part 2:

I needed to know how exactly colour blind people see, through their eyes. I also needed to know what is the most probable way for a child to genetically have that. Also what are the different types of colour blindness called, what can you tell what colour is which. Can you some how help or cure this gene, have surgery on your eye?

The process I used to find this information is that I researched what is like to be colour blind, then how genetically children are born with it then the affects of living with this mutation. My character/my host in the story is a red/green colour blind which means they have difficulty knowing the difference between red, green, brown, and orange.

How colour blind people see is that they cannot distinguish colours from each other ex. green, red, brown, and orange. The way the host was affected in my story was that his mother was a carrier of this gene, meaning she only had it in one X chromosome, and father did not have the gene. They had a 50% chance if their son would have the gene or not. But a way a girl can have that gene is that father if colour blind and mother is a carrier which makes 50% of daughter being colour blind, or being a carrier.


Overall I think this project was good and also very good in a different, interesting way. In a area I could improve is that go more in depth of what is like to live in the eyes of a colour blind person. Going through his full life story more.

My sources:

Engineering Brightness Proposal

Engineering Brightness is one of the most interesting projects that I have done. It is about helping out areas is the Dominican Republic that have light poverty.  Kids can’t study or play when it is dark so we are trying to build a solution for this.

  1. The Skype chat with the Dominican Republic was very interesting and bring a new idea about the world to our eyes. We learned about what life was like about and we got a look like what their electricity problem was like. They had to use kerosene lamps which is very dangerous because it causes cancer and can cause fires. Also we were told about the sugar cane fields and paid slaves. The next Skype chat was with a science class in New Brunswick talking about ideas that they have tried and we learned the things not to do and the things we can try. We talked about having a hand crank or shaking the  light to  charge it. They asked us how much shaking it would take to fully charge the light and how long it would take.angie-asking-question





2. What we have learned so far is that magnets and copper wire can create electricity  by electro magnets field.

img_1519 Here is a clip of one of our group member (Alhan) asking a question to a science class in New Brunswick  about electro magnets and how exactly they would work, amd to charge the lights they could shake them, and if they have tried this idea before or not. We now have to get a way that the charging won’t take that much shaking and make sure it is reliable and a good light source.

We talked to Afshin Zarei (Alhan’s Father) who is an electrician and helped us explain and understand what these magnets and a copper wire would work and how it would look.  The feeling I got from working on this project was exciting because we can design and almost make our on rules with this project. Also it is a collaborative project working with others from outside the school.  

3. To help address light poverty in the Dominican is to spread the word jut by talk, social media and through our school.

What we have done so far is rough drafts but our full plan is to have a coiled wire inside a case (not sure what we need for the case yet) and have a magnet inside that wire. When you shake it electricity produces and charges the light. Then people can use it at night by shaking it in the day.img_1523-20b12u5-632x474


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