Arthur Jumbles: Test all the family members for the disease and counsel the one's who test positive for the gene not to have children or to adopt. Should be able to fix things in one to two generations.
Mock26: Jeez, subby. A bit harsh eh? I hope some day you and your family face a similar tragedy. Maybe it will open your eyes and instill some compassion.
Ball Peen Hammer Laxative: Are you ready!!!!![static.nme.com image 396x368]
Bonanza Jellybean: At least it's not Fatal Familial Insomnia.
Lionel Mandrake: Does not see what subby did there:
Alonjar: If I knew my genes were defective, I would not have children. End of story.
zanni: Alonjar: If I knew my genes were defective, I would not have children. End of story.I am personally happy that my father opted to pass his "defective genes" on to me. If he had not, I would not exist and I like existing, thank you very much. What did I get? Faciosapulohumoral Dystrophy (FSHD) that is usually fatal in my family.I teach algebra at a University and I tutor in a number of other subjects. When I say I teach algebra, I mean it. I help my students understand it instead of berating them for not already knowing it. I have also helped many students get through tough classes that they might not have passed if I did not tutor them. They could not have gone to another tutor, because I was often the tutor of last resort. Students who had met with other tutors and were not successful were sent to me. So, I think that I am not the only one that is happy that my father chose to breed.Even though I teach algebra, my first graduate degree is in molecular biology. I am personally working on a treatment for FSHD. So far, I am not in a wheelchair and I am unlikely to be. I show no signs of dropping dead anytime soon even though I have passed my expiration date. I had a biological daughter as the result of a rape. She has FSHD also and has also brought positive things to many people's lives. Unfortunately I was not able to have biological children with my husband, so we adopted a beautiful little girl who was in need of a good home. I'm pretty sure I have made her life better.You can think what you want, but I am not just a disease. There are many people on this planet who are better off because I am here. I'm not saying that I am amazing, I am just saying that everyone has something to contribute. You never know what a small impact can lead to. It is possible that one of my students will discover the cure for cancer or something. My adopted daughter may become president of the United States and bring about world peace. Who knows. All I know ...
Ball Peen Hammer Laxative: Are you ready!!!!!
ByOwlLight: Huh. Eye-destroying evilness runs in my family. My grandfather is blind, my mother one sliver away from it (they took the lenses out of her eyes), and my aunt only somewhat better than her. The docs always classify it as some kind of uveitis. I wonder if this could be a related thing.
Ahvren: Simple solution: adopt. You could have stopped the genetic blindness if you had started adopting instead of reproducing. There was nothing makingyou reproduce. You lot were just too self-centered and chose biological relationship with the children over a higher quality of life for the children. It was a choice, and you might as well have made them blind yourself.
orbister: Sounds as if they do more than barbeque at family reunions.
zanni: Oh, and Steven Hawking.
give me doughnuts: zanni: Oh, and Steven Hawking.
Over 90% of people with adult-onset ALS (like Hawking) have no direct family history of the disease. That, coupled with the fact that there was no geneic testing at the time (and still none for ALS), makes it kind of hard to decide not to pass on a strong possibility of an inherited condition if you don't know it's there
Bingo, I'm glad you're ok with being born with a shiatty disease, but that doesn't change the fact that it should be bred out of the population. I'm happy you were unable to have children, it would have been unfair to them. Adopting on the other hand is incredibly selfless and I commend you.
Meethos: give me doughnuts: zanni: Oh, and Steven Hawking.Over 90% of people with adult-onset ALS (like Hawking) have no direct family history of the disease. That, coupled with the fact that there was no geneic testing at the time (and still none for ALS), makes it kind of hard to decide not to pass on a strong possibility of an inherited condition if you don't know it's thereBingo, I'm glad you're ok with being born with a shiatty disease, but that doesn't change the fact that it should be bred out of the population. I'm happy you were unable to have children, it would have been unfair to them. Adopting on the other hand is incredibly selfless and I commend you.
Jack Spectacular: Found your problem. FTA: "It was present on both sides of Jerry Jackson's family because his mother and father were second cousins"/Can't believe I'm the first to point it out.
ifly4fun: It's a dominant disorder. Meaning you only need a single defective copy of the gene to have the disease not two. So no, there is zero implication of inbreeding...FTFA: his mother and father were second cousins
CarnySaur: Hey, don't blame the family because the medical community is too stupid to find a cure.
rkiller1: Anne Frank had he same disease. Affected her hearing, too.
Maggie_Luna: I'm not sure how I feel about people who knowingly pass on their bad genes purposely. It's like the annoyance I felt at a woman who complained that her children had a skin condition that was passed on genetically from their father, it is dominant. It's like you entered this knowingly, STFU and deal with it. The children I feel a bit for, but not the woman. Same thing.I think I'd get genetic counseling if I chose to reproduce (and it wasn't an accident obviously, then it'd be a bit too late).
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